The medical term for grinding your teeth is bruxism. Teeth grinding seems harmless, but it can actually cause serious oral health damage. There are many causes for bruxism including stress and missing teeth. Regardless of the root cause for bruxism Advanced Dental Care of Austin can help you get rid of this condition and return your confident smile.
What are the dangers of grinding teeth?
Grinding your teeth (especially over a long term) can cause a list of dental problems that can and will require more dental treatment than normal. When you grind your teeth, you can actually cause teeth to break. Teeth grinding may also result in the loss of a tooth or teeth, and may possibly even loosen your teeth. In some cases teeth grinding is so severe that you can literally grind your teeth to a stump and even expose the roots, causing pain. Teeth grinding can also cause damage to the overall structure of the jaw and face, hearing loss, and may lead to the development of a condition called TMJ.
How can a dentist help stop tooth grinding?
Grinding your teeth is not something you should simply ignore. Instead, you should seek an appointment with us as soon as possible. This will allow us to get to the underlying issues causing your teeth grinding (such as bite and crooked teeth) resolved. We may also recommend that you wear a special mouth guard while you sleep in order to prevent any further damage to your teeth or gums in the future. Often by doing this and following the treatment schedule, you can alleviate these issues altogether. In some cases you may be prescribed a muscle relaxer to assist with keeping your jaw from clenching tightly while you sleep.
What are some things that I can do at home to prevent grinding teeth?
After you have seen your dental professional and he or she has fixed any dental problems that may have been discovered, be proactive and investigate any external sources that may be causing you to grind your teeth. It is important to realize that stress is a common cause of bruxism, so make sure you take part is some sort of stress relieving exercises like walking or yoga. Some other ways to reduce teeth grinding is to avoid chewing gum, reduce your intake of sugary drinks, and making a conscious effort to notice when you are clenching your jaw.
If you suffer from bruxism, please call 512-331-1477 or email us today to schedule your consultation with one of our highly regarded dental professionals. We can get your oral health back on track and fix any dental issues that may be causing you to grind your teeth.
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