Address Teeth Grinding Issues To Avoid Dental Damage

Have you started to grow used to a feeling of tenderness or pain in your teeth and jaw when you wake up? These uncomfortable feelings often follow a night spent clenching or grinding your teeth. This issue, known as bruxism, can lead to more than just unpleasant mornings. In time, the wear and tear from nightly friction can wear down teeth, and even cause chips and cracks in your enamel! Our Redmond, OR dentist’s office is prepared to help patients who are dealing with nightly teeth grinding problems. We can provide a custom appliance that keeps your teeth apart throughout the night, putting an effective end to the issue of bruxism.

Teeth Grinding Can Lead To More Than Just Jaw Stiffness And Pain

The early signs of bruxism include jaw pain and stiffness, sore or sensitive teeth, and even problems with neck pain and headaches. If the issue is not treated in time, you can start to experience more alarming problems, including visible dental damage. For some, the gradual wear and tear will cause changes in their smile that call for cosmetic dentistry. Others can experience damage to their enamel severe enough to require restorative dental work!

Using A Custom Night Guard To Protect Your Teeth

Your dentist can provide you with a custom night guard that you will wear in the evenings to protect your smile from harm. The guard keeps your teeth apart, so there is no friction from grinding or clenching. This effectively spares your smile any further damage, which means you no longer have to worry about harm. If your problems also include chronic pain or jaw stiffness, we can discuss the use of an appliance to ease issues with TMJ disorder.

We Can Also Help You By Restoring Teeth That Have Been Damaged

So what can your dentist do for you if your teeth are already damaged by bruxism? Cosmetic work can address minor wear and tear that may have made your teeth look older, uneven, or flat. If you have any chips or cracks, it may be necessary to use a dental crown for support. A crown has the ability to protect a tooth and restore your smile, so it can fully resolve a problem with damage.

Talk To Your Redmond, OR Dentist’s Office About Teeth Grinding

Coppertop Family Dentistry is prepared to help patients concerned about the effects of teeth grinding on their smile. If you are experiencing symptoms of bruxism each morning, or if you have noticed a change in the condition of your teeth, we can determine the right approach to protecting and restoring your smile. If you wish to learn more, please contact your Redmond, OR, dentist, Dr. Olson, by calling 541-923-5927.