Bruxism: How It Can Hurt Your Smile, And How We Can Help

When someone starts to struggle with bruxism, a tendency to grind their teeth while they sleep, it can be important to acknowledge the problem and seek treatment as soon as possible. If you let a habit of teeth grinding go unchecked, you can eventually wear down your enamel to the point where you can benefit from cosmetic dental work. You may even need restorative dental work after chipping or cracking a tooth! Our Upton, MA dentist’s office is prepared to protect your smile by providing a custom guard that will keep your teeth safely apart while you are sleeping.

Are You Starting To Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

How can you tell whether you grind your teeth at night or not? Those who are in the habit of doing this can frequently wake up with sore or sensitive teeth, as well as an aching, painful feeling in their jaw. If the problem continues to affect you, wear and tear can visibly change your smile, and you can end up doing serious harm to a tooth. Trouble with teeth grinding can also lead to ongoing problems with poor bite alignment and jaw movement, which can leave you experiencing pain throughout each day.

Using An Oral Appliance To Protect Yourself Against Bruxism

By wearing an oral appliance while you sleep, you can keep your teeth apart and stay protected against bruxism during the night. Dr. Goguen will provide a custom guard, one that is carefully made to stay secure and provide reliable support. In addition to keeping your teeth from grinding against each other, this guard can reduce the stress being placed on your jaw joints by clenching throughout the night, which reduces your risk for daily aches and pains.

What Can I Do About Dental Damage From Teeth Grinding?

How should you respond to visible wear and tear, or the appearance of enamel damage? Depending on the severity of that damage, your dentist can recommend either cosmetic dental work or restorative dental treatment. A cosmetic procedure, like the placement of porcelain veneers, is the more conservative option. However, this work is not recommended when you have damage that can affect your oral health and bite function. Fore more serious damage, we may need to place dental crowns.

Talk To Dr. Goguen About Your Issues With Bruxism

Our Upton, MA dental office can help you take care of your smile if bruxism has caused worrying dental damage. When you schedule an appointment, we can evaluate your smile to see if treatment is needed to restore your teeth, and we can start making plans to protect you by providing a custom oral guard to wear at night. To find out more about our practice and the services available to patients, please call Dr. Goguen’s Upton, MA dentist’s office at 508-529-4591.