If you have a habit of clenching your jaw at night, you may find your mornings are less pleasant because of pain in your teeth and jaw when you awaken. Unfortunately, the problems created by this issue, known as bruxism, go beyond discomfort. When you reflexively clench your jaw at night, you create tremendous pressure on teeth. This can create the kind of stress that leads to chipping and cracking. When nothing is done in response to the matter, you can require restorative dental care to repair damages. Your dentist can help you deal with bruxism so that you avoid damaging your smile.
Putting A Stop To Teeth Grinding And TMJ Problems
Teeth grinding and TMJ dysfunction are often tied together, as each one can cause the other. A mouth guard can keep your teeth from grinding while you sleep. If you have TMJ issues to address, an oral appliance can help by positioning your jaw in such a way that you are not enduring discomfort because of pain in those joints.
Dealing With Existing Damage Done By Teeth Grinding
So what happens if you already show signs of damage because of bruxism? Restorative dental care can help you repair problems like chips and cracks. If you have damage that interferes with routine biting and chewing functions, a dental crown can help. Your damages may be unsightly, but you may not have problems that impact your oral care. For more minor concerns, tooth bonding can help you hide flaws, so that you feel better about your smile.
Talk To Cedar West Family Dentistry To Address A Teeth Grinding Problem
A habit of teeth grinding can cause serious trouble for your smile, and your oral health. At Cedar West Family Dentistry, you can count on the care you need to recover from this problem. In addition to protecting you from bruxism, you can receive care that addresses whatever damage was already caused. To learn more about our practice, or to schedule an appointment, call our family dental office in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188. Our patient forms are made available to patients online.