Most people automatically know to speak with their dentist if they experience a toothache, or crack a tooth, but rarely do they consider teeth-grinding a worrisome symptom or condition. In many cases, it isn’t, but for some patients, it can be one of the greatest threats to their oral health. Constant teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to a host of serious dental concerns when it isn’t treated promptly. Such concerns can include severe wear and damage to one or more teeth, as well as increased risks of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and more.
Why Bruxism Is Dangerous
Your teeth are strong. In fact, the enamel that surrounds them is the most resilient substance your body produces. Nevertheless, your teeth are no match for each other, and when they constantly grind together, the pressure and friction can eventually wear down their chewing surfaces. If left untreated, the pressure can also weaken and break your teeth, making you more susceptible to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and more.
How Your Dentist Can Treat It
If your dentist notices that your teeth are becoming worn or sees other signs of bruxism during your routine checkup and cleaning, then he may be able to treat it with a custom-designed oral appliance. Similar to a sports mouthguard but smaller and more comfortable, the appliance will fit comfortably over your teeth and protect them while you sleep at night. If necessary, your dentist will also suggest restoring any damaged tooth structure with an appropriate dental treatment.
Learn More About Custom Bruxism Treatment
If you grind your teeth constantly, especially in your sleep, then ask your dentist how to stop with custom bruxism treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling Coppertop Family Dental in Redmond, OR, today at (541) 923-5927.