Bruxism Can Cause Wearing and Cracking of Teeth
While teeth grinding (bruxism) can be a natural and normal occurrence, when it happens too frequently it can cause serious damage to your teeth. Excessive teeth grinding can lead to broken or cracked teeth, loose teeth, tooth loss, or even severely worn down teeth. Many times, this occurs during the night while people sleep, but for some it could be during work or while driving. If your teeth become too damaged, you will eventually have to replace them with dental crowns or bridges or dental implants.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Clenching teeth
- Flat teeth
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- Headaches or migraines
Solutions for Bruxism
When you constantly grind your teeth you may damage the tooth structure and can loosen the roots from the jaw bone. When your teeth become cracked or chipped, it can become difficult and painful to bite or chew. Worn down teeth lose function when eating and can even cause your facial appearance to change. The causes of tooth grinding can be from stress, an uneven bite, crooked teeth or even sleep apnea. We offer several treatments to help prevent you from damaging your teeth.
These are custom fit mouth guards that are worn just at night while you sleep. Since teeth grinding is the most common during sleep, this will prevent your teeth from rubbing against each other.
A covering that is worn inside the mouth that can prevent teeth from being damaged. Commonly used during sporting events to prevent teeth from grinding during stress or physical activity.
Teeth grinding can cause tension headaches or migraines. Many times an occlusal splint is worn at night, which separates the upper and lower jaw slightly and prevents the grinding at night.
For some, an improper bite can cause teeth to hit prematurely and force grinding. With orthodontics, we can realign crooked teeth and create a more harmonious bite so that your jaw fits together properly.