Don’t Ignore Your Teeth Grinding

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If you grind your teeth regularly, this could be more than just an irritating habit. This could damage your teeth and leaves your smile vulnerable to painful complications! Which is why we want to diagnose and treat your bruxism. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists talk about the importance of treating your bruxism.

The Causes of Bruxism

We could begin to chronically grind and clench our teeth due to changes in our bite balance, which strains the jaw joints. For example, this could include untreated TMJ disorder, missing teeth, misalignment, injury to the jaw or face, or issues with the growth of your smile. High levels of stress in your daily life could be a factor too! As part of your treatment, we will conduct a diagnosis to assess the farts behind your teeth grinding, which enables us to choose the  most appropriate treatment option.

Symptoms and Long-Term Impacts

How do you know if you grind your teeth? For some, a significant other could alert them, and there are also warning signs that occur during waking hours. Examples include jaw and facial pain, headaches and migraines, aches in the neck and shoulders, and tooth sensitivity and toothaches. When you have persistent pain in and around your teeth, you need to let us know right away. Our team can examine your smile for signs of wear and friction, and offer a diagnosis to select the best treatment option. For some, this could be a comfortable and noninvasive oral appliance.

Finding the Perfect Solution

In some cases, we may recommend orthodontics to correct misalignment, or crowns/bonding to improve bite balance and chewing function. The use of prosthetics to address tooth loss could also correct the underlying factors behind your bruxism. But the most common solution is an oral appliance. This device is worn as you sleep, and will look and function like a mouthguard. However, the device actually repositions your jaw to ease imbalance and reduce strain, preventing episodes of grinding and clenching. The device also provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, so should grinding occur this prevents further damage. Our team also has restorative procedures we can use to repair any damage that has occurred, protecting your smile from tooth decay and dental infection.

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat bruxism, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to help protect your smile from damage and ensure better bite balance. If you’re ready to see our team and put a stop to your teeth grinding, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.