Grinding Your Teeth Hurts Your Smile, And Your Oral Health

If you feel an unusual amount of stress in a given moment, you may respond by clenching your jaw, and grind your teeth. You may not think much of that action while it happens, but you should know that a habit of teeth grinding can lead to real oral health troubles. Patients who experience bruxism can grind their teeth at night, while they sleep. Over time, this can lead to serious dental harm, which can ultimately make restorative dental care necessary. If you have been grinding your teeth, and are worried about their condition, let your dentist know.

Dealing With An Ongoing Problem With Teeth Grinding

Your dentist can help you defend your smile against a teeth grinding problem by supplying you with a special mouth guard you wear at night. When it is in place, you will prevent yourself from grinding your teeth, sparing yourself from potential damages. Without this intervention, you can cause advanced wear and tear, and create issues with your jaw joints that lead to TMJ dysfunction.

What To Do About Teeth Already Damaged By Grinding

If you have already suffered problems because of teeth grinding, your dentist can help. With porcelain veneers, you can make your teeth appear healthy and flawless once again. Veneers hide signs of wear and tear, making your smile look healthier, and more attractive.

If you have suffered significant chipping or cracking because of teeth grinding, you may need restorative care. In serious cases, a patient will need a dental crown placed on an especially vulnerable tooth.

Talk To Dr. Young If You Need To Address A Teeth Grinding Problem

If you are worried you have been grinding your teeth frequently, particularly while you sleep, your smile could be in jeopardy. Talk to Michael J. Young, DDS to learn how you can receive a special mouth guard that keeps your teeth safe while you sleep. You can also count on Dr. Young for help if your teeth have suffered damage because of this problem. To learn more about the care we offer, contact us today at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453. We happily serve families from surrounding communities like Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and more.