If you keep waking up with jaw pain and/or dental sensitivity, you can be understandably worried. Waking up with discomfort can be an unpleasant way to start the day, but these issues are signs that you have begun grinding your teeth while you sleep. If this is occurring, you could wind up with more to worry about than just discomfort. In time, your habit can lead to wear and tear that will negatively affect your smile. You can even experience damages to your enamel that call for restorative dental work! At our Upton, MA dentist’s office, you can receive a custom appliance to help you sleep peacefully without problems with this issue, known as bruxism.
Bruxism Can Do Serious Damage To Your Smile
People who have a tendency to grind their teeth at night are experiencing a problem known as bruxism. Bruxism sufferers can unconsciously grind or clench their jaw throughout the night, which can lead to several problems. You can start to wear down your enamel, which can lead to problems with the way that you look. This issue can also lead to chipping and cracking of your enamel, which is a serious concern. Fortunately, these more serious problems can be avoided when you talk to your dentist about this matter.
Addressing Nightly Teeth Grinding With Your Dentist
At our practice, we can look for signs of wear and tear caused by bruxism during a routine dental checkup, and we can meet with you if you reach out with concerns about teeth grinding. With a specially made oral appliance, we can give you lasting protection in order to stop grinding from doing further harm. When in place, the appliance gently keeps your teeth apart so there is no longer a concern about physical damage.
Scheduling Treatment For Dental Wear And Tear
So what should you do if you already have physical damage from teeth grinding? Through cosmetic dentistry, we can address any signs of wear and tear that have left you unhappy with the way you look. Through a bonding procedure, or with the placement of porcelain veneers, we can effectively restore the appearance of any teeth that look damaged or unhealthy. It is possible that we will need to place dental crowns over certain teeth. This is done for their protection if there are concerns about the health of the tooth, or if you are not able to comfortably bite and chew anymore.
Talk To Your Upton, MA Dentist About Your Issues With Bruxism
At our Upton, MA dentist’s office, Dr. Goguen is prepared to help patients who experience problems with bruxism. Have you been experiencing the unwelcome pains associated with nightly teeth grinding? If so, we can arrange treatment to help you! To find out more, contact Upton Dental at 508-529-4591 to schedule a visit.