Once you begin to have problems with bruxism, the nightly teeth grinding and clenching issues you experience can cause alarming discomfort. Unfortunately, this condition can lead to more than just pain. In time, you can begin to suffer noticeable wear and tear on your enamel that hurts the quality of your smile. This can even lead to dental injuries that hurt your oral health! The good news is that this is a manageable problem. In addition to helping you protect yourself against bruxism, your Houston, TX dentist can provide treatment options if you want to address visible wear and tear.
Teeth Grinding Can Lead To Worsening Damage For Your Teeth
People who struggle with bruxism go through periods of unconsciously grinding and clenching their teeth while they are asleep. As time passes, this will lead to mounting stress on your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to persistent and alarming TMJ discomfort. It can also lead to wear and tear on your enamel that will hurt the quality of your smile. The damages can be cosmetic at first, but in time they can worsen and leave you with chipped and cracked teeth that are in poor health.
Restoring Teeth Affected By Wear And Tear
Based on a review of your smile, and the dental damage that has occurred, we can proceed with treatment to take care of your enamel. In some cases, the problem will be one that we can address with more conservative cosmetic services. You have options like tooth bonding and contouring, which will make improvements without the need for permanent restorations to be made or placed. You can also explore the benefits of having work done with porcelain veneers, slim restorations that only cover the front surfaces of teeth.
In some cases, wear and tear will be serious enough to hurt your oral health and bite function. In situations like these, we can recommend that you restore teeth with custom dental crowns. By doing so, you can protect them and also improve your bite function!
Stop Bruxism From Doing Further Harm To Your Smile
While it is a good idea to look into treatment for dental wear and tear, you should also make sure that you are safe from further harm caused by bruxism. With a custom oral appliance, we can help you keep your teeth apart so that you can rest soundly and comfortably again. In addition to protecting your enamel from wear and tear, this can reduce stress on your jaw and help you deal with aches and pains.
Talk To Your Houston, TX Dentist About Dealing With Bruxism
Through the right approach to treating bruxism, you can restore your smile and also put problems with pain and sensitivity behind you! To find out more about how we can help, contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Chan, by calling 713-926-8896.