Do you frequently suffer from headaches, or even jaw or ear pain? Have you noticed your teeth feeling extra sensitive recently? Is their visible wear along the edges of the teeth? If so, did you know that you could be suffering from a condition known as bruxism? Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding, which often occurs subconsciously, either during times of extreme stress or as one sleeps. Fortunately, dentists can offer minimally invasive treatment to help prevent teeth grinding, and that can help to protect your teeth!
Know the Warning Signs of Bruxism
It’s important to pay attention to any changes in your smile, as these are often warning signs of dental problems. While some problems can be created by poor hygiene, an unhealthy diet, or a lack of dental care, in the case of bruxism, the results are due to subconscious teeth grinding. This means dental treatment is often the best or even only way to prevent further grinding, which can lead to worsening damage to the teeth.
Help Protect Your Smile
In most cases, a custom sleep appliance can be used to prevent teeth grinding. (It can also be used to help treat sleep apnea.) This appliance is similar to the kind of mouthguard worn during athletic events to prevent damage, or even during orthodontic treatment. However, in the case of a sleep appliance the purpose is to prevent grinding of the teeth.
By wearing an appliance, you can help to prevent further wear on the edges of the teeth, which can eventually lead to chips, cracks, or even the need for extraction. So if you suspect you could be suffering from bruxism, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.
Need Help Preventing Teeth Grinding?
Protecting your teeth from wear is important. Call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry on Cypresswood Drive at 281-320-2000 to schedule a checkup and bruxism treatment. Located in Spring, TX, we also proudly serve the residents of Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities.