It’s a common condition, but many people who have bruxism don’t understand the potential harm that constantly grinding their teeth can cause to their long-term dental health. While the occasional moment of clenching your teeth together may not be a threat, consistently rubbing them against each other can quickly wear down their chewing surfaces. Worn teeth are more susceptible to damage, and pose a significant threat to your bite’s ability to function properly. If you grind your teeth too much, or if you suspect that you might have bruxism, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to prevent extensive dental damage.
You might not realize you have bruxism at first.
For patients who experience bruxism, teeth-grinding may occur most often at night, while they are asleep. The grinding can be noisy and your sleeping partner may point it out, but otherwise, you might not realize that you have bruxism until your teeth have already become irreversibly damaged.
Teeth-grinding isn’t harmless, even if your teeth feel fine.
Even if your teeth currently feel fine, the incessant pressure and friction of bruxism still poses a threat. If you don’t realize that you grind your teeth, then your dentist will likely detect early signs of it, but only if you maintain a regular schedule of dental checkup and cleaning appointments.
Bruxism can be treated easily and conveniently.
Once bruxism is diagnosed, it can often be treated easily and conveniently with a custom-designed nightguard. The oral appliance is designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and protect them while you sleep, preventing bruxism from wearing down their surfaces and leading to worse dental issues.
Stop Teeth-Grinding with Help from Your Dentist
When left untreated, bruxism can lead to extensive wear and damage to your teeth, which increases your risks of needing more complex smile restoration later. If you think you may grind your teeth too much, then schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999.