When you grind your teeth constantly due to an underlying dental health condition (bruxism), one of the most obvious results is the excessive wearing down of your teeth. While highly resilient, your teeth can quickly become damaged under the repeated force of your bite and friction of grinding. At our Southlake, TX, dental office, we can often help patients find a custom solution to stop grinding their teeth as soon as we notice excessive tooth wear or other signs of bruxism.
Why worn teeth are a problem
While bruxism is a serious issue in itself, excessive tooth wear can make matters much worse and leave your smile at risk for even more complex bite issues. For example, when teeth wear down, they no longer meet together squarely, which can force your jaw to compensate by switching its position slightly. The more you grind your teeth, the more worn down your teeth become and the greater the strain on your jaw becomes.
Other signs of teeth-grinding
Because of tooth wear and the repeated force of grinding your teeth, another common sign of bruxism is damage to your temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Known as TMJ disorder, this damage occurs from excessive, imbalanced pressure and strain placed on your jaw’s joints, and can make things like biting and chewing increasingly more difficult. This can contribute to cycle of grinding and damaging your teeth, as well as lead to a host of increasingly more painful symptoms.
What your dentist might suggest
For many patients who experience bruxism, we can often custom-design a nighttime bruxism appliance to stop grinding and prevent tooth wear. However, if your teeth are already worn down, then your treatment may include an appropriate restoration to fortify their structures and restore your bite’s proper balance. Then, an appliance may help protect your teeth and restoration from further wear and damage.
Address your bruxism problem
If you have a bruxism problem, then worn down teeth may be just one of several significant risks to your smile’s health and integrity. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.