When a person habitually grinds their teeth, they can suffer problems in the short-term as well as the long-term. The consequences of teeth grinding in the short term include dental sensitivity, as well as muscle tension and discomfort in your neck and shoulders. You can also develop problems with your jaw joint (TMJ dysfunction), and experience permanent dental damage. This problem with frequent teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can be particularly damaging because you may grind your teeth throughout the night while you sleep. If you suspect that you might be grinding your teeth, let Dr Johnson know. She can suggest a special oral appliance that will keep your teeth safe, provide relief, and protect you against other problems related to bruxism.
Protecting Your Smile From Nighttime Teeth Grinding
Dr Johnson can provide you with a special oral appliance that stops you from unconsciously grinding your teeth while you sleep. Because the guard is custom-made, it can be worn comfortably. When you visit our office seeking treatment for bruxism, we can also talk to you about TMJ dysfunction, and check for signs this issue is also affecting your oral health. Bruxism can lead to issues with your jaw joints, though it is also possible for untreated jaw troubles to cause your teeth grinding habit.
What Can I Do About Dental Damage Caused By Teeth Grinding?
If your teeth grinding habit has led to problems that affect your appearance, your dentist can help. Cosmetic dental work can hide the signs of wear and tear that leave your smile looking older, or unhealthy. In cases where your teeth are more seriously damaged by teeth grinding, you could be in need of restorative dental work to address harm.
Talk To Magnolia Family Dental If You Need To Address A Teeth Grinding Habit
At Magnolia Family Dental, you can count on excellent treatment for problems related to bruxism. Our practice is proud to have helped many different patients enjoy a fantastic recovery from oral health troubles, and we can help prevent future issues! To find out more, you can arrange your appointment today by calling Magnolia Family Dental in Kirkwood/St. Louis, MO, today at 314-822-4521.