Bruxism is a common condition that affects men and women of all ages. It can continue without noticeable symptoms and can do serious damage to your teeth. You may have it if you regularly clench or grind your teeth. Teeth grinding may occur during the day, but it also frequently happens at night while you are sleeping. Our dentist offers treatments to protect your smile against the damage of teeth grinding.
Although researchers do not yet fully understand the cause of tooth grinding, it has been linked to TMJ disorder, malocclusions, anxiety and depression. Our dentist uses custom-made night guards that fit over your teeth and cushion them. When you grind your teeth, they are exposed to incredible bite forces that can prematurely wear the enamel, crack or fracture teeth and destroy restorations. The damage can lead to more serious dental problems, including the need for root canal treatment, loose teeth and periodontal disease.
Wearing your night guard as recommended can be a good way to get control over your symptoms. For long-term relief from teeth grinding, our dentist may recommend using stress-reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga. You may also need to talk to your doctor about antidepressants or antianxiety medications to relieve any underlying problems that could be causing the grinding habit. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with our Agoura Hills dentist.