Bruxism is the chronic grinding of your teeth, often at night, and for many patients, it can be the source of numerous forms of discomfort and dental health symptoms. Fortunately, patients can typically save their smiles with bruxism treatment with help from their dentist. Today, we take a look at what that treatment might include, from a minimally invasive appliance to stop grinding to rebuilding tooth structure and correcting your bite’s alignment.
1. A custom-designed appliance
Because patients who suffer from bruxism tend to grind their teeth most often at night, treatment can often be as simple as wearing a custom-designed appliance while you sleep. The nightguard fits snugly around your upper and lower teeth to protect them from grinding together while still being unobtrusive enough to allow you to sleep comfortably.
2. Cosmetic veneers or crowns
If you’ve had bruxism for a while, then you already have one or more teeth that are worn down or damaged due to the grinding. If so, then your dentist might recommend a lifelike porcelain veneer or dental crown (depending on the damage) to restore your tooth’s structure. Once your cosmetic restoration is in place, an appliance can be designed to protect it and the rest of your teeth from bruxism.
3. Orthodontic treatment
The causes of bruxism are different, but in many cases, it involves some form of misalignment in your bite. If that misalignment is in the form of crooked teeth, then treating your bruxism might require first realigning your teeth with orthodontic treatment. With straighter teeth, your bite can rest more comfortably and you’ll be less likely to experience bruxism.
Effective Bruxism treatment
Depending on the nature and extent of your bruxism, your treatment may include one or more of these and/or other treatments to fully restore your good dental health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.