Do you often encounter tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, or cool winter air? While the cause could be related to a number of different issues, people who grind their teeth may suffer from tooth sensitivity. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists look at how we treat bruxism and prevent further damage to your smile.
The Dangers of Teeth Grinding
When we grind our teeth on a near nightly basis, this is known as bruxism. Over time, frequent grinding and clenching could begin to wear down tooth structure, damaging enamel and making teeth appear small and short. Teeth could also become cracked or chipped. The damage to the enamel exposes the sensitive inner portions of dentin and pulp to harmful oral bacteria, leading to cavities and even dental infection. Lack of treatment could mean serious discomfort and even the loss of your teeth in extreme cases. Warning signs of this disorder may include headaches and migraines, aches in the face or jaw, tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and aches in the neck and shoulders.
The Causes of Bruxism
A number of factors could lead to bruxism. For example, strain on the jaw joints could cause TMJ disorder, and the resulting imbalance in your bite may make grinding and clenching more likely. Other possible causes include misalignment, tooth loss, high levels of stress, and injury to the face or jaw. When we examine the friction and wear on your teeth, we will identify the factors behind your teeth grinding and then recommend the most appropriate treatment options.
How Do We Stop Grinding and Clenching Our Teeth?
You could limit your risk by cutting back on caffeinated products and avoiding hard or chewy foods, which could exacerbate the imbalance and discomfort. Also, a warm compress or washcloth against the side of the face could ease tension. For those with misalignment, we could discuss braces and other options. Placing a restoration like a crown could also help improve overall bite balance.
But the most common solution is an oral appliance that looks and fits like a mouthguard. We design and craft this device based on detailed impressions and images we take of your smile. Worn as you sleep, the appliance helps reposition the jaw to ease strain, while also preventing further damage to the teeth by placing a barrier between the upper and lower sets. If you have any questions about treating teeth grinding, then contact our team today.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX ABOUT TEETH GRINDING
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can help you avoid damage to your smile as a result of teeth grinding and clenching. For more information on our preventive treatments, contact your El Paso, TX, dentists at Sunny Smiles on Dyer Street by calling 915-859-7000.