If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to extensive tooth damage. Teeth grinding usually takes place during sleep, so most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist.
Regular visits to the dentist can help you get the treatment you need to prevent further teeth grinding and address damage to the teeth. Plano TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers a full range of dentistry services to restore health and beauty to your smile. If you have not visited the dentist recently or suspect you may be griding your teeth, visit Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX.
Signs of Teeth Grinding
- You get headaches (especially in the morning). Waking up with a headache is one of the main signs of teeth grinding. When you grind your teeth, you are putting pressure on the teeth, jaw, and face. Patients make experience headaches, facial pain, and jaw soreness when they wake up.
- Your teeth chip and crack. If your teeth are chipped or cracked, you may grind your teeth. Months of teeth grinding can causes wear and tear of the tooth enamel which can weaken your teeth and eventually lead to cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth. In advanced cases, the teeth become loose and may eventually fall out.
- Increased tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding can lead to worn down teeth. If teeth grinding is not addressed, it may lead to extensive tooth damage which may result in increased tooth sensitivity.
Preventing Teeth Grinding
Depending on the cause of tooth grinding, Dr. Sowell can create a treatment plan based on your needs. In some cases, Dr. Sowell may suggest lifestyle changes to reduce tooth grinding. In other cases, Dr. Sowell may recommend a custom designed custom-made splint to prevent teeth grinding. Dr. Sowell also offers a complete range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to address damaged teeth.
Request An Appointment
Teeth grinding should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the teeth. Restorative dentist Dr. Sowell will work with you to find the right solution for your smile. To schedule an appointment, call (972) 382-6855 or request an appointment online.