If you spend your sleeping hours grinding or clenching your teeth, you can do damage to your smile and experience potential oral health issues. People who deal with this problem, known as bruxism, are at risk for damaging their enamel, but a custom oral guard can help. Your Houston, TX dentist can provide you with a custom appliance that keeps your teeth apart while you sleep. Our practice can also take care of you if you are experiencing issues with TMJ disorder, a problem that can cause bruxism. TMJ problems can also begin to occur after you start to struggle with nightly grinding or clenching.
Why You Should Make Bruxism Treatment A Priority
If you put off treatment for bruxism, you spend more time wearing down your teeth by clenching or grinding them while you sleep. This is an issue that can put mounting strain on your jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to persistent aches and pains. You may notice wear and tear on your teeth that affects your smile, and over time you can chip or crack a tooth! By discussing this matter with your dentist, you can receive a custom appliance to keep your smile safe.
Receiving A Custom Guard From Your Dentist
At our practice, we can provide you with a guard that can reliably stay in position and protect your smile against problems that bruxism can cause. We take care to provide a personalized appliance, one that can stay comfortable and remain in place to protect your smile. Stopping your grinding and clenching issues can also reduce tension on your jaw joints and muscles. Custom appliances also help patients who are experiencing discomfort because of TMJ disorder. These appliances can correct the position of your jaw to resolve trouble with poor joint alignment.
Arranging Treatment To Address Damage Caused By Bruxism
You may have noticed cosmetic changes from your issues with grinding and clenching your teeth at night. Through the right dental treatment, we can address wear and tear, or even damage to your tooth structure. A chip or crack in your enamel can be more than just an esthetic issue. At an appointment, we can check on the condition of teeth to confirm that cosmetic treatment is appropriate, or see if you might require restorative work.
Talk To Your Houston, TX Dentist About Treating Bruxism
If you have issues with bruxism, you can experience problems like chronic jaw pain and stiffness, damage to your enamel, and other concerns. Fortunately, we can address this habit and also take care of problems with your teeth caused by nightly friction. To find out more about how we can help you, please contact your Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Vlachakis, by calling 281-974-4494.