The medical term for grinding your teeth is bruxism. Teeth grinding seems harmless in and of itself but it can actually cause serious oral health damage. Different things can cause different people to grind their teeth. Some relate grinding teeth to stress and others may think it has to do with having missing teeth, no matter what the underlying cause is, you can rest assured that the staff of Advanced Dental Care Austin is ready to help get rid of bruxism and help you have a more 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. Tooth 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 the underlying issues causing your teeth grinding (such as bite and crooked teeth) resolved so that the bruxism can be a thing of the past for you. 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 the issues altogether. In other 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, it is up to you to take care of yourself and prevent future instances of teeth grinding. 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 try to make 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 Dr. Justin D’Abadie or Dr. Jaya Hiremath. Even if you have been putting off a visit to see us for some time, we can help. We can get your oral health back on track and remedy any dental issues that may be causing you to grind your teeth.