When it comes to your oral system, there are a lot of little parts that make up a single functioning unit. For this reason, it is very important that every portion of your smile and its supportive structures are taken care of and monitored over time. In some cases, patients may find that they suffer from a preventable disorder called bruxism, which occurs when a patient grinds his or her teeth. This issue can have widespread negative effects on your oral health. However, detecting and treating the problem early can prevent long-term damage, while safeguarding your health. Ready to learn more? Read further:
Bruxism is a dental disorder that occurs when a patient grinds his or her teeth or clenches them together. You are probably not even aware of this habit, though you may begin to notice signs that it is occurring. For the most part, patients grind or clench either in their sleep or without recognizing its occurrence during the day. Symptoms like extreme tooth sensitivity, worn tooth surfaces, indentations along your tongue’s border, or jaw discomfort may alert you that something is not quite right. There are also studies that suggest that snoring and tooth grinding is related to sleep apnea. If this happens, contact us for a visit.
How Bruxism May Damage Your Oral Health
Bruxism places a lot of friction and pressure on your teeth, which subsequently strains your jaw joints (called your TMJs – or temporomandibular joints). The bad news is that this can result in fractured or broken teeth and TMJ disorder. The good news is that we offer dental veneers for heavily worn teeth and TMJ treatment if you are suffering from jaw strain. Your best bet is to schedule an appointment with us, so we can diagnose your concern and guide you back toward daily comfort with noninvasive treatment.
ABOUT YOUR LAKE FOREST, IL DENTIST:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.