If you grind your teeth at night, you are vulnerable to potentially serious problems with your smile and oral health. While behavioral changes can help make grinding less of an issue, it can be difficult to fully protect yourself without seeing your dentist for support. Our Riverside, CA dentist’s office can keep your teeth safe by providing you with a custom appliance to wear during the night. With your guard in place, you can be confident that your teeth will remain apart as you rest. This protects you against chips, cracks, and other forms of harm. Reducing stress from grinding will also help you avoid difficulties with TMJ disorder, which leads to chronic jaw pain and stiffness.

Bruxism Can Cause Serious Harm To Your Smile

You may be surprised at just how harmful a habit of grinding your teeth can really become. Over time, the wear and tear caused by grinding is capable of chipping and cracking your enamel. These damages can certainly be a problem for the way you look, but you should be aware that the harm can become serious enough to affect your oral health, too! Patients sometimes have to have dental crowns put in place to take care of teeth after serious harm from bruxism.

A Custom Mouth Guard Can Protect You Against Dental Wear And Tear

Because bruxism leads to habitual grinding at night, when you are not able to consciously stop yourself from clenching, protection with a guard can be beneficial. Wearing your custom guard will keep your teeth apart, so your instinct to clench will not lead to damage. This protection can actually help reduce tension on your jaw joints and muscles, which will make you less likely to develop stiffness and pain related to TMJ disorder.

What If My Teeth Are Already Damaged Because Of Bruxism?

So what can your dentist do for you if bruxism has already led to wear and tear, or even to problems with chipped or cracked enamel? After checking on the condition of your teeth, we can see if it might be necessary to perform restorative dental work, or if there are changes we can make with cosmetic dental treatment. Cosmetic procedures are less involved, so the changes to your enamel are minimized as we restore the way you look. If you need work done to address oral health problems caused by grinding, we can make plans to protect teeth with dental crowns.

Talk To Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Teeth Grinding Issues

At our Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we can take care of your smile if you have experienced damage from grinding or clenching while you sleep. To learn more about our services to address bruxism, or to reach one of our other locations closer to you, we can be contacted at the following:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.