Grinding your teeth may not seem like one of the most worrisome dental issues, but for patients with bruxism, it could be an immediate threat to the health and integrity of their teeth. Constant teeth-grinding, especially if it occurs in your sleep, can systemically wear down the surfaces of your teeth, making them weak and increasing your risk of other dental health concerns. If you experience bruxism, then your dentist can help you understand the dangers of teeth-grinding and how to stop so you can protect your smile.
Truths About Bruxism
- Bruxism describes the constant act of grinding your teeth, and its causes can vary from patient to patient. For instance, an imbalance in your bite can force your jaws to shift as it tries to get comfortable, which can force your teeth to grind and clench together. Before treating it, your dentist will have to first diagnose the cause of your constant teeth-grinding.
- Despite the different potential causes of bruxism, many patients can benefit from the same treatment—a custom-designed oral appliance that patients can wear at night. The appliance will fit comfortably over your teeth to prevent them from grinding against each other while you sleep, avoiding the damage that teeth-grinding can cause.
- The best way to treat bruxism is to address it as early as possible. If your teeth have already suffered damage due to constant grinding, then your treatment may also include restoring the damage so that your bite can continue to function properly.
Learn More About Treating Teeth-Grinding
If you grind your teeth too much, then you should be aware of the dangers that you may be exposing your oral health to. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cedar Dental in Cedar Rapids, IA, today at (319) 364-7108. We also welcome patients from Mount Vernon, Iowa City, Hiawatha, and all nearby communities.