Posted on 7/10/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
When you grind your teeth, it is a condition known as bruxism. This condition can occur when a person is awake, but it often happens when you sleep. Grinding the teeth can cause damage to the teeth, the jaws and the gums. It can impact the overall health of a person.
There are ways to prevent the damage that bruxism causes, but what does a person do if the damage has already happened. It depends on what kind of damage and how much a person wants to do.
Before the Repair
Before doing any work to repair the damage that bruxism causes, it is important to stop the damage. Dental appliances such as mouth guards are tools that can stop the damage. If the bruxism is because of sleep apnea, finding ways to help that condition will stop the damage.
Some people can stop the bruxism by changing the position they sleep in. When teeth are not properly aligned, bruxism can result. All these solutions will prevent more damage and will let our dental professionals fix the damage.
Broken, Chipped or Missing Teeth
Broken, chipped, worn or missing teeth is the most common type of damage from bruxism. Veneers are an affordable way to fix this problem. The veneers an over the damage and no one can tell that there is a problem due to bruxism.
The veneers work when you catch the damage in the early stage. If this does not happen, a different approach can help. Crowns are another way to fix the damage from bruxism. They can cover the affected teeth. When teeth are lost because of bruxism, dental implants may offer a solution.
The key to repairing the damage due to bruxism is to catch it as early as possible and find a way to stop the grinding of the teeth. The best way to accomplish that is through regular visits to our dental professionals.
Take the time to contact our dental professionals for all your oral health needs