When we inform patients about wear and damage to their smile, they often ask why they have so much wear on their teeth. A common cause of damaged teeth is bruxism, a disorder in which patients frequently grind or clench their teeth. Fortunately, we can identify and treat bruxism, restoring the health of their smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bruxism and Wear on Teeth
Question: Does stress cause clenching?
Answer: Yes! Stress is one of the major causes of bruxism. Other potential causes may include tooth loss, misalignment, TMJ disorder, and injury to the jaw or face. Once we assess the cause of your disorder, we can then recommend the most appropriate treatment option.
Question: How does teeth grinding impact my smile?
Answer: When you grind your teeth, you can wear down tooth enamel or even crack or chip a tooth. The damage can expose the inner layers of dentin, making the onset of decay and eventually, infection more likely. You can also develop uncomfortable symptoms, which can include headaches, jaw pain, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, or pain in the neck or shoulders.
Question: What can I do to prevent grinding and clenching?
Answer: You can try and reduce the stress in your daily life. We also recommend avoiding caffeine products before bed and also avoiding chewing on hard foods or objects, as this can exacerbate symptoms.
Question: How do you treat teeth grinding?
Answer: We can treat teeth grinding with orthodontics, restorations, or even an oral appliance, which not only repositions the jaw, but also provides a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, reducing the chances of further damage occurring. If you have any questions about treating bruxism or wear on your teeth, then contact our team today.
Ready for Bruxism Treatment?
Dr. Lawson and our team can treat your teeth grinding and repair your worn down teeth! We can also discuss routine care to help you maintain optimal oral health for years to come. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.