While some of the most common dental health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, can often be prevented, some issues may occur despite your best efforts at keeping your teeth clean and healthy. For example, chronic teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism, can become a source of several different types of oral health concerns, including damage to your tooth structure, complications with your overall bite function, and much more. At our office, we can diagnose your bruxism and its cause, then customize a treatment plan to address it and help you stop grinding your teeth.
What Is Bruxism?
When you have bruxism, you constantly clench and grind your teeth together, most often when you aren’t aware of it. It can be caused by a number of potential issues, such as an imbalance in your bite or an unusual amount of daily stress, or more. When left untreated, it can lead to a host of symptoms, including:
- Increasingly more sensitive teeth
- Worn down teeth surfaces
- Weak teeth that are more likely to crack/break
- Changes in how comfortably you bite and chew
- Heightened risks of tooth decay
- And more
How to Stop Teeth-Grinding
To help you stop grinding your teeth and avoid or restore any damage to them, we’ll begin with a comprehensive examination to diagnose the specific cause of it. Then, we’ll consult with you personally to determine the best course of treatment. For example, a custom-made appliance, or nightguard, can protect your teeth from grinding together when you sleep at night. It may also help your jaw rest more comfortably while you sleep to reduce your risks of teeth-grinding.
Find Treatment for Your Bruxism
Chronically grinding your teeth can lead to a host of other dental health problems, but relieving it with custom bruxism treatment can help you avoid most of those concerns. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.