Can Grinding Your Teeth Damage Your Smile?

bruxism

Many people frequently grind or clench their teeth. In most cases, we only do this occasionally. However, some people grind or clench their teeth every night. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can break or fracture a tooth, increasing the risk of infection or even tooth loss. Fortunately, a number of treatment options exist for addressing bruxism.

The Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism

Why do we grind our teeth? A number of factors can lead to the onset of bruxism, including increased stress, malocclusion, or trauma to the teeth or jaw. If steps aren’t taken to address the issue, grinding your teeth can lead to cracked, chipped, or worn down teeth. In addition, bruxism places stress on the jaw joints, leading some to develop TMJ disorder, which makes opening and closing the mouth difficult. Unfortunately, since many of us grind our teeth during the night, we may be unaware we even suffer from this serious dental issue. Common symptoms to watch for include:

  • Sore jaw
  • Headaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache

If you notice one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, schedule a consultation with your Southlake dentist, Dr. Gregory Wright. Dr. Wright will examine your smile and diagnose the cause and extent of your bruxism.

Treatment for Bruxism and Damaged Teeth

How do you treat bruxism? For many patients, Dr. Wright will prescribe an oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, the device simply keeps your upper and lower teeth from touching. An oral appliance also repositions the jaw to address malocclusion and reduce bruxism occurrences. If grinding your teeth has damaged them, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative procedures for repairing your smile, including:

  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns

Schedule a Visit with Your Southlake TX Dentist

Do you grind or clench your teeth? If so, talk to your Southlake TX dentist today. As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.