Severe cases of teeth grinding, known medically as bruxism, can cause a myriad of dental issues, including some that could produce some grave consequences like tooth loss. Luckily, your dentist can help you prevent these problems from occurring in the first place and get your bruxism-damaged teeth back into their original state. Learn more about teeth grinding and cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Steve Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX.
What causes teeth grinding?
Not all cases of teeth grinding come from the same source. For some people, stress triggers their condition. For others, a misaligned bite may cause them to grind their teeth. Crooked teeth and sleep apnea are also common culprits for causing teeth grinding. Whatever the reason for your bruxism, your dentist can help you get to the bottom of it and protect your teeth in the future. Teeth grinding often causes worn down, chipped, or even broken teeth.
What can my dentist do about my damaged teeth?
If your teeth are worn from grinding your teeth, you may require a cosmetic dentistry procedure to restore your teeth and your mouth’s bite. Common cosmetic procedures to repair grinding-damaged teeth include:
- Crowns: Dental crowns restore a damaged or broken tooth and help protect it in the future. The restoration, which fits around the tooth on all four sides and the top, can also restore your smile’s aesthetic look.
- Bridges: A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. Your missing tooth may be to blame for your grinding habit. In this case, a dental bridge attached to the healthy teeth on either side of a gap, restores the bite and might prevent bruxism.
- Bonding: If your teeth grinding has literally ground them into a chipped mess, dental bonding can help. Your dentist will mold bonding materials directly to the tooth to mask its imperfections.
Cosmetic Dentistry in El Paso, TX
You and your dentist can determine the best treatment plan for your teeth. Your treatment will probably include some form of grinding prevention like a night guard to protect your teeth against further damage. For more information on cosmetic dentistry or teeth grinding, please contact Dr. Steve Yi at El Paso Viva Dental in El Paso, TX. Call (915) 751-1007 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Yi today!