Grind coffee. Grind spices. Deal with the grind of going to work every day. But for goodness sake, don’t grind your teeth. Unfortunately, this may be easier said than done, as teeth grinding (clinically known as bruxism) afflicts many Americans. Even 38% of children grind their teeth. Luckily, they often outgrow the condition without treatment. Adults with bruxism may not fair quite so well. Teeth, mouth, and jaw damage are strong possibilities when you grind teeth. Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson doesn’t want you to feel badly about your bruxism, however. For many people, teeth grinding occurs subconsciously, and often while you are completely asleep.
Teeth Grinding Pitfalls
A little light teeth grinding…what’s so bad about that, right? Well, think about those teeth in your mouth. Yes, they are extremely strong and stand up to a great deal of chewing in the grand scheme of a lifetime. However, if you are grinding and gnashing teeth back and forth on a chronic basis, the enamel and dentin of your teeth will wear down, and sometimes quite significantly so. If you are a nighttime grinder who is oblivious, paying attention to red flags will help you uncover the clues and seek proper diagnosis and treatment. If your jaw or mouth is sore when you wake up in the morning, you may want to come in to see Dr. Johnson for a bruxism examination.
Restorations for Teeth Grinders
When your teeth are grinded against each other regularly, even if they aren’t worn down to nubs, structural damage is possible. Eventually, your teeth might start cracking and breaking from all of the pressure. When you break a tooth, expedient restoration is highly recommended. Dr. Johnson will examine your tooth and decide whether a filling, inlay, onlay, or crown would be the best method for reinforcing your damaged teeth. You will also want to think about wearing a nightguard to buffer teeth grinding while you sleep so that further damage won’t be a trial you have to deal with.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
Have you noticed any symptoms that may point to teeth grinding? 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.