It’s easy to ignore the fact that you’re grinding your teeth when you’re stressed or angry. It’s just as easy to miss it when you experience bruxism, which describes consistently grinding your teeth. The trouble with ignoring bruxism is that the persistent friction and grinding can make your teeth weak and sensitive, wearing them down until they become seriously compromised. Fortunately, your dentist can detect signs of bruxism during your routine checkups and cleanings before they become obvious. As you long as you don’t ignore your dentist’s advice, you can prevent serious tooth damage and restore your bite’s harmony.
What Bruxism Means
Unlike occasionally clenching your teeth in times of stress, bruxism means the consistent grinding of your teeth, often caused by an imbalance in your bite’s alignment. Your teeth can be forced together as your jaw muscles and joints shift to find a comfortable position. Bruxism can also be caused by an underlying jaw dysfunction, or TMJ disorder, and treating it may require treating the disorder, as well.
The Damage to Your Oral Health
Your jaws generate an enormous amount of bite pressure, especially when you aren’t controlling it. When left untreated, bruxism and the force of your bite can lead to significant wear and damage to your healthy tooth structure. This increases your risks of one or more teeth cracking, becoming seriously infected, or being forced out of alignment.
Custom-Treatment for Bruxism
If your dentist can detect bruxism before your teeth become seriously damaged, then it may be treated simply with a custom-made oral appliance. By wearing the appliance at night, you can avoid the most persistent instances of teeth-grinding and preserve your smile as your dentist addresses the underlying cause of your condition.
We Can Treat Bruxism Before It’s Too Late
The trouble with bruxism is that it will continue to damage your teeth if you ignore it and neglect to treat it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.