Poway and San Diego, CA
Does it ever seem to you that your teeth are wearing down and getting smaller? While teeth don’t actually shrink, they can, in fact, wear down as small as tiny nubs! This devastating effect can be caused by bruxism, which occurs when you clench and grind your teeth. We are going to take a closer look at what bruxism is, what causes it, and what your cosmetic dentist in Poway can do to fix it.
Bruxism typically occurs at night while you sleep. In fact, many people who experience bruxism have no idea that they have it until they start noticing that their teeth look worn down or flat on the chewing surface. Our teeth are naturally designed to withstand a great deal of pressure when chewing and eating – as much as 20-40 pounds. However, bruxism can exert hundreds of pounds of pressure. Just imagine what that kind of additional pressure can do to your teeth or even your jaw joints. Just thinking about it gives us a headache!
The slow, back and forth motion of teeth grinding paired with hundreds of pounds of pressure will eventually wear down dental enamel and cause teeth to become sensitive, cracked, loose, and can cause damage to existing dental work. Plus, all of that extra pressure can wreak havoc on the jaw joints, resulting in pain that is associated with TMJ, including chronic headaches.
While the exact cause of bruxism can vary, it is due in part to stress. If you find that you have bruxism, try reducing the amount of stress in your life. Oh, if only it were that easy! Seriously, if you can reduce some of the stress in your life, your health, in general, would probably improve. But, for those who just can’t let go of the stress, protect your teeth with a custom-made mouthguard specially designed to absorb the additional pressure placed on your teeth and jaws while you sleep. Getting a customized mouthguard from your dentist in Poway can protect your smile from succumbing to devastating damage caused by bruxism.
Now, if you have already experienced lasting effects from your nighttime clenching and grinding of your teeth, Poway cosmetic dentist Dr. Nicol Cook can provide you with a smile makeover that will repair all the damage. From dental crowns, cosmetic bonding, to porcelain veneers, modern advances in cosmetic dentistry make it possible to repair worn down teeth. The most important part of repairing teeth that have been damaged by bruxism, however, is to prevent future damage. A nightguard is essential in protecting your new investment.
Custom Mouthguard in Poway
If you would like to learn more about bruxism or schedule a consultation for a custom-made nightguard, call us at (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, Carmel Mountain, and Rancho Bernardo, California.