If you start to form a habit of grinding your teeth while you are asleep, you are unconsciously putting your smile in real jeopardy. The effects of this problem, often referred to as bruxism, are far from minor. They include dental damage, including potentially serious harm to teeth that can require dental crowns. You can also start to experience chronic pain because of problems with your jaw. At our Seattle, WA dental office, we can provide lasting protection against bruxism by supplying you with a custom appliance to wear while you rest. Your custom guard can comfortably stay in place throughout the night, keeping your smile safe from harm. The custom design can ensure you feel comfortable, and it can be easier to keep in place than a generic guard.
1. Bruxism Can Lead To Permanent Dental Damage
The dental damage resulting from bruxism can be serious. Depending on how long the problem occurs, you may experience visible wear and tear that calls for cosmetic dental work. In more serious circumstances, you can experience damage that actually interferes with your oral health, making restorative dental work necessary.
2. Continued Jaw Grinding And Clenching Can Cause Chronic Discomfort
If you continue to grind or clench your teeth, you put serious pressure on your jaw joints and muscles. Over time, this can lead to chronic headaches, jaw stiffness, and even interference with your bite movement. Chronic issues with your jaw that lead to pain are often referred to as TMJ dysfunction. It should be noted that other issues can affect your jaw health and lead to these concerns, and that troubles with your jaw can lead to bruxism. Your dentist can look for signs that you are having problems with your jaw joints during routine dental exams.
3. Jaw Movement Can Become Difficult Due To Continued Issues With Bruxism
If you start to develop chronic jaw troubles, the problem can interfere with your ability to laugh, chew, bite, and even speak. If these actions start to become painful or difficult, you can quickly grow aware of how much your jaw moves in a typical day. Fortunately, you can alleviate problems with your jaw joints and muscles when you stop yourself from grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep. The presence of your custom guard can lead to less stress, and less interference with your basic dental functions.
Talk To Ballard Neighborhood Dentist If You Are Concerned About Bruxism
Bruxism can be a serious problem if left untreated. Fortunately, Ballard Neighborhood Dentist is ready to help! If you think you are starting to grind or clench your teeth while you sleep, wearing a custom appliance at night can prevent painful jaw problems, as well as harm to your teeth. For more information, please contact our Seattle, WA dental office at 206-789-2555.