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Although you might think stress is the main cause of teeth grinding, medically referred to as bruxism, the more common cause is a misaligned bite, or missing or crooked teeth. When the bite is off or unbalanced, the discomfort can cause teeth grinding. Occasional teeth grinding is usually not an issue and doesn’t cause harm. But when teeth grinding happens regularly or subconsciously, it can become a problem that causes serious discomfort and additional dental issues.
If you experience any one of the following, it’s best to contact our Kingwood dentist office about possible teeth grinding:
Tooth enamel may be the hardest substance in the human body, but that doesn’t mean teeth can’t be harmed. Teeth grinding often happens at night during sleep and patients are unaware of the habit. This can make it difficult to stop without outside intervention from the dentist. Aside from the pain and discomfort, chronic teeth grinding can cause many dental and health problems, including:
If chronic teeth grinding continues without treatment from our dental practice, the results can be devastating for your smile. Teeth compromised by grinding must be repaired with tooth-colored fillings, crowns, or root canals. If teeth are lost, they must be replaced by crown and bridgework, dentures, or dental implants.
If stress is the cause of your teeth grinding, Dr. Mosby can provide a simple and affordable nightguard. Every nightguard is custom made for the individual patient for maximum comfort and effectiveness. How does it work? When you visit our Kingwood dentist office for a nightguard to stop teeth grinding, one of our gentle and caring team will take impressions of your teeth. Your impressions are then sent off to a trusted dental lab to fabricate your nightguard.
For patients who experience teeth grinding as a result of a misaligned bite or other dental issues, Dr. Mosby will provide a comprehensive examination and treatment plan to correct the problem. Our office can use a combination of restorative dentistry treatments to create balance and return comfort to your smile. We may also recommend a nightguard to make sure that the teeth grinding is under control and does not affect your new smile.
If you suspect that you grind your teeth, contact our Kingwood dental practice for your appointment today. Houston area communities, including Humble, Crosby, and Spring, will find our Kingwood dentist office just a short drive away.