If you wake up with pain or soreness in the muscles of your jaw, this could mean you are grinding your teeth at night. Also known as bruxism, constant grinding, and clenching can quickly wear down the surface of your smile to create a host of other oral health problems. Without treatment, your teeth can become rather sensitive, and your bite can misalign. Without the protection of your teeth’s enamel, you also become more susceptible to tooth decay and other problems caused by oral bacteria. While it can seem difficult to treat a condition that happens when you are unconscious, by speaking with your dentist, we can create a custom oral appliance to protect each row of teeth as your sleep. Made from a safe, BPA-free material, our oral guards also relieve tension in your jaw, allowing you to wake up each morning feeling more refreshed.
At your Riverside, CA dental practice, we can help get your bruxism issue under control and explore treatments to restore existing damage. We could return height to your smile with a variety of different procedures including dental bonding, crowns, or even porcelain veneers. To find out how to tackle this issue head-on, reach out to one of our offices at your earliest convenience!
Spotting The Signs Of Bruxism
If you are concerned about grinding your teeth, ask a friend or family member to observe you while you are asleep. This habit can be seen in the consistent movement of your jaw. It may even be audible as your teeth wear back and forth. If your loved one detects bruxism, schedule an examination with our office. We can also inspect your smile during routine checkups to see if your teeth have worn down.
Creating Your Mouth Guard
When we design an oral guard to protect your smile, we will take an impression of your teeth using digital imaging software. Compared to a store-bought solution, our custom guards fit the contours of your smile perfectly to allow you to rest comfortably at night when wearing them. Worn before bed, each row of teeth is protected from touching the other. If you like, we can also discuss cosmetic procedures to help enhance your worn-down appearance.
Learn More About Oral Appliance Therapy For Bruxism
If you would like to treat your grinding habit, we can design a custom oral guard. To find out more about how this treatment can prevent bruxism, give us a call and speak with a team member at one of our six locations!
Find us at:
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 Corona in Corona, CA, at (951) 273-9580.