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I Keep Grinding My Teeth While I Sleep – What Can I Do?

Night after night, your problems with teeth grinding persist. Because you continue to grind your teeth while you sleep, you can wake up with painful or sensitive teeth, as well as pain in your face, jaw, and neck. If the problem continues, you could develop a new concern as your teeth start to show signs of wear and tear! At our Seattle, WA dentist’s office, we are prepared to help people who struggle with this issue, known as bruxism. In addition to talking with you about behaviors or issues that can lead to teeth grinding, we can provide relief with a custom appliance that will keep your teeth apart as you sleep. This comfortably worn custom guard can help you avoid tension in your jaw from clenching while also protecting teeth from physical damage.

Nightly Teeth Grinding Can Lead To Dental Damage If It Is Not Addressed

The more time you spend letting a teeth grinding problem go untreated, the more likely you are to see permanent damages to your smile. As tough as our teeth are, they can be hurt by constant grinding and clenching. Wear and tear can make them appear flat or dull, and generally hurt the quality of your smile. Eventually, you may do enough damage to chip or crack teeth. At this point, it may take dental crowns to restore them!

A Custom Appliance Can Protect Your Teeth While You Sleep

Because you are not conscious, you are not able to stop yourself as you continually grind or clench your jaw at night. What you can do to protect your smile is wear a custom guard that keeps your teeth apart. The guard is made just for you, so it can be as comfortable as possible while in place. It protects teeth by keeping them slightly apart, ensuring no more damage from grinding. This can also help ease the tension on your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to a reduction in pain and sensitivity.

Have Your Teeth Started To Show The Effects Of Wear And Tear? We Can Help

If you have already started to notice changes in the way you look because of bruxism, our practice is here to help! Through cosmetic dentistry, we can restore the appearance of teeth that have been worn down by grinding or clenching. We can use porcelain veneers to restore your appearance. Custom shells are designed and placed over any teeth to hide damages, and generally improve on their shape, size, and color. We can also speak with you about using a bonding and contouring procedure to address damages.

Talk To Your Seattle, WA Dentist About Your Teeth Grinding Troubles

At our Seattle, WA dentist’s office, patients who are worried about teeth grinding can come to us for treatment. To learn more about our approach to treating bruxism, and our options for restoring damaged teeth, call Ballard Neighborhood Dentist today at 206-789-2555.

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