Have you been grinding your teeth at night?
Teeth grinding is a common dental concern that we treat at Esthetic Dental Solutions. Many people are unaware that they have been grinding their teeth until more serious tooth damage has occurred. Luckily, for our patients who schedule regular preventative care, Dr. Hedlund is constantly examining for signs and symptoms of teeth grinding to prevent future tooth damage. If you suspect you have been grinding your teeth while you sleep, we recommend scheduling an appointment online today with our compassionate and caring team. As your trusted dentist in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Hedlund will evaluate your teeth for any damage and create a customized nightguard for you to wear at night to reduce the chances of tooth damage.
Bruxism: What You Need To Know
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, might seem harmless in the beginning but it can lead to major dental issues later on. Because teeth grinding commonly occurs unconsciously, it’s important to be aware of the lesser-known signs and symptoms. If you have been grinding your teeth, you might also experience the following symptoms:
- Sore jawbone
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joints
- Worn-down teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Unexplained tooth damage
- Jagged or loose teeth
Bruxism: What You Can Do
Teeth grinding is a hard habit to break, especially when you’re unconscious while doing it. That’s why we recommend the use of a customized nightguard. Our customized nightguards fit comfortably and securely into your mouth. They protect your teeth while you sleep. Even if you attempt to grind your teeth together in the night, you won’t cause tooth damage through the nightguard. Additionally, customized nightguards hold your jaw in a better resting position to assist with relieving any facial soreness or issues with your jawbone. Your customized nightguard should not interfere with your sleep habits, therefore giving you a good night’s rest in addition to tooth protection.
Teeth grinding can occasionally cause tooth damage if left untreated. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry options are available to help with this. If your teeth are worn-down or damaged due to bruxism, there are a variety of solutions we can offer you to restore your smile, including: