Teeth Grinding: More Serious than You Think

Teeth grinding is a common but serious condition.  Also known as bruxism, this condition is further characterized by clenching of the jaw and teeth gnashing.  One New York Times contributor reflected on his battle with teeth grinding in his sleep.  According to the article, “During sleep bruxism, … the upper and lower teeth may come into direct contact as much as 40 minutes per hour, and — for example, on the first molar — with a force of about 250 pounds.”  As you could assume, a force of that magnitude can wreak serious havoc on your teeth and jaw.

The exact causes of teeth grinding are not fully known, but it has often been attributed to stress and anxiety.  While there are many ways to deal with the base causes of grinding, dentists will generally work to prevent tooth damage with dental appliances and—equally importantly—correct already-damaged teeth.  The Times piece reminds us that “Left untreated, [bruxism] can cause damage to the teeth and surrounding tissue, headaches and jaw pain.”  What’s the message here?  It’s simple.  Don’t ignore the issue; don’t live with broken, unsightly teeth.  Read on to find out how cosmetic dentistry can protect and restore your smile.

Cosmetic Teeth Grinding Treatments

Teeth grinding and clenching can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw.  As dentists, our role is to prevent further injury and to correct teeth that have already suffered damage.  Thankfully, cosmetic treatment can correct a host of dental issues, including chipped and broken teeth.

Cosmetic treatments for teeth grinding:

  • Dental crowns: Teeth grinding can cause a tooth to become broken and fractured.  Oftentimes, Dental Crowns are required to preserve the integrity of teeth and to restore a tooth’s natural appearance—its size, shape and color.  There are several types of dental crowns available, and together we can determine the best course of treatment for you based on your medical needs and cosmetic goals.
  • Porcelain veneers: Often, grinding will cause a tooth to become worn-down or chipped.  Thankfully, Porcelain Veneers can often correct this.  Veneers—also known as porcelain laminates—are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth.  The result is a beautiful, even smile.

Severe cases of teeth grinding can also contribute to a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMJ.  This condition is characterized by jaw pain, headaches and problems opening the mouth.  Our Beverly Hills Dental Office offers TMJ Treatment and a host of other dental services.

Has Teeth Grinding Hurt Your Smile?

If you’ve been meaning to speak with a Cosmetic Dentist, don’t hesitate to contact us.  Let us help restore your beautiful, natural smile.  Our offices are located in Beverly Hills, accommodating the surrounding areas.  Schedule your consultation at (310) 273-0111. Call today.

Category: Crowns & Bridges, General Dentistry, Porcelain Veneers

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