Did you know that you could be damaging your teeth without realizing it? Many people grind their teeth during their sleep without knowing that they do so. Unfortunately, not knowing means no treatment, which can turn into major damages to teeth and the jaw. To learn more about teeth grinding (bruxism) and the dental mouthpiece that can treat it, read the information below from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson.
The Consequences of Bruxism
When bruxism continues without intervention, teeth may begin to weaken. At first, teeth may lose some of their enamel, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay and weaker structurally. As this process continues, the structural weakness may begin to show itself. Teeth may first chip before cracking or eventually breaking. When teeth crack or break, they are in serious peril of becoming infective, making the prompt placement of dental crowns, and sometimes root canal treatment, vital.
However, the damage from bruxism is not limited to teeth. Sometimes, patients who grind their teeth notice soreness in their jaws. This soreness may be accompanied by headaches, migraines, earaches, and facial pain. When these symptoms align, the culprit is usually a TMJ disorder. A TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomanibular joints (TMJs), the joints that control the opening and closing of the jaw, cannot cope with the strain placed upon them. One way that strain is placed on the TMJs is through bruxism, and without treatment, the symptoms are likely to continue.
If your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, determines that you are grinding your teeth, she can provide you with a dental mouthpiece to wear during sleep. The mouthpiece will protect your teeth from damage and relieve some strain on the jaw.
Schedule a Visit with your Des Moines IA Dentist
If you grind your teeth during sleep, a dental mouthpiece can protect your teeth from damage and cushion the force applied to your jaw. Contact your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.