The Daily Grind
Almost all of us grind or clench our teeth occasionally. But excessive heavy grinding, or bruxism, can lead to both painful jaw and dental problems.
Many people brux when sleeping, leading to sore and tired facial muscles, jaw joint disorders, worn down tooth enamel, and damaged dental restorations. We still don’t know what causes bruxism, but most researchers believe that both emotional and physical factors are involved. Stress is at the top of the list.
To help relieve stress, cut down on caffeine, and generally try to ease up on yourself. Bruxism can cause serious cosmetic problems for your smile and your general well-being. We can help you in a variety of ways. We can design a customized plastic mouth appliance that interrupts grinding and protects the teeth. For the wear damage, we can fuse veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth. For extensive wear, we can crown your teeth. Please come and see us for a complete diagnosis. And try to relax and smell the flowers!