Teeth grinding can become a major problem when it comes to your oral health. It causes damage to the teeth that is often irreversible. There are several reasons that a person grinds their teeth. Some are easily rectified, while others may not be so easy to control.
Stress Can Cause Teeth Grinding
Stress causes muscles throughout the body to tighten. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be the result of a person continually clenching the jaws or tightening the muscles in the face and neck. The more stress a person faces, the more likely they are to experience teeth grinding on a regular basis. Medications can be taken to help a person relax or relaxation techniques may be used to help alleviate the stress and allow the person to get a better night’s sleep without grinding.
If relaxation techniques don’t work, your dentist may fit you with a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.
Abnormal Bite Patterns and Missing Teeth
Abnormal bite patterns and missing teeth that cause the jaws to continually slide or shift out of place may also result in grinding of the teeth. Unlike stress which often requires the use of a mouth guard, abnormal bite patterns may be adjusted through the use of braces or appliances that gently shift the teeth back into alignment. Dental implants can be used to help re-establish proper alignment when teeth have been lost or damaged.
Finding and treating the cause of the teeth grinding will help to protect the surface of the teeth, as well as allow the person to get a better night’s sleep. Once it has been determined that a person is grinding their teeth, it is important to get treatment as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.
At Ultimate Smile Design, your dental health is important to us. If you are grinding your teeth and are experiencing complications as a result, please visit us in our Palm Bay, FL office. We’ll help you restore your smile while preventing teeth grinding.