Treating Bruxism (Chronic Teeth-Grinding)
When you grind your teeth excessively, a condition known as bruxism, there are many different influences that it can have on your teeth and oral health. For example, the constant pressure and friction can wear your teeth down, leading to problems with your bite’s balance as well as damage to your healthy, natural tooth structure. Fortunately, we can often help patients stop grinding their teeth and protect their smiles with the help of a custom-designed bruxism appliance.
The Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism can occur for a variety of different reasons, and its specific cause can often determine the symptoms that you experience. For instance, chronically grinding your teeth can lead to increasingly worse tooth sensitivity and the wearing down of your teeth’s surfaces. This can lead to complications with your bite’s balance that exacerbate your bruxism and could lead to damage to your jaw’s joints, as well. The longer the condition is left untreated, the more serious these symptoms will become and the more they can impact your bite’s ability to function.
How an Oral Appliance Can Help
If you’re diagnosed with bruxism, then we may be able to offer a simple, minimally invasive solution in the form of a custom-designed bruxism appliance. The appliance, which you can wear while you sleep at night, will stop your teeth from grinding together and prevent the damage to your teeth that could occur from it. This will also appease the stress and pressure on your jaw joints, which could lead to worsening symptoms and the development of a jaw dysfunction.
Learn More by Calling Us Today
If you suffer from chronic teeth-grinding, then learn how a custom-designed appliance can help you stop. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call our Ballard Neighborhood Dentist office in Seattle, WA, today at 206-789-2555. We also proudly serve the residents of Shoreline, Edmonds, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, and all surrounding communities.