Do you often find yourself clenching and grinding your teeth? You may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that many people may not realize they have as it often occurs unconsciously. That is why it is key to visit the dentist and get treatment earlier rather than later. Dr. Karim Naguib and his professional team offer treatment for bruxism at Premier Dental Care. His offices are in the Palmdale and Lancaster areas.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple common symptoms that accompany chronic teeth grinding and clenching:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Teeth clenching
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Muscle tenderness
- Fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
Over time with increased tension tooth enamel can weaken and break down. Clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth that is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. During sleep, if the pressure of teeth grinding is not alleviated, those who have problems with night bruxism may have weakened gums and teeth. Bruxism can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints if left untreated. However, there is a solution.
Before treatment, Dr. Naguib will assess your teeth and gums as well as discuss your budget and goals with you. This is done to determine what treatment aligns with your needs.
Oral appliances that are worn during the day or at night can be used to stop mild to moderate bruxism at the source. Oral appliances act like mouth guards and prevent teeth from grinding together. They also take the pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to properly align. After receiving treatment with oral appliances, some patients may need restorative treatment. If teeth have been worn down or damaged due to bruxism, they can receive dental crowns to protect teeth from further wear and tear.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
What problems can teeth grinding cause?
Teeth grinding can result in wear on the surface of teeth. This weakens enamel and tooth structure. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to crack, break, or chip. Gums may also begin to recede if you do not treat teeth grinding issues.
Should I go to the dentist for teeth grinding?
Patients should go to the dentist to address teeth grinding if they notice it as an ongoing issue. Dentists can address where the issue is coming from, recommend ideas to protect your teeth from further damage, and fix the damage already caused.
Do night guards really work?
Night guards do not stop patients from grinding their teeth, but they do protect against further damage to the surface of teeth. The main issue with teeth grinding is the damage it causes, and wearing a night guard protects against this.
Request an Appointment Today
Stop bruxism from damaging your teeth. Call our Lancaster, CA dentist office at (661) 948-6700 or schedule a dental visit to our Lancaster dentist office online. Call our Palmdale, CA dentist office at (661) 273-6565 or schedule a visit to our Palmdale dentist office online. Dr. Naguib and his professional staff are proud to treat patients with comfortable and comprehensive care.