Just because you grind your teeth doesn’t mean you need to see a doctor to stop it. In fact, most people find themselves grinding and clenching their teeth occasionally, particularly in times of stress or anger. Bruxism, however, is the continuous, subconscious habit of grinding teeth, and in many patients, it occurs most often at night. If Dr. Bonura notices trauma to your teeth consistent with bruxism, then she may recommend a convenient, non-invasive solution in the form of a custom-designed mouthguard.
Complications of Bruxism
If you grind your teeth during your sleep, then your sleeping partner may complain about the noise occasionally. However, noise is the least of the complications associated with bruxism. When left untreated, the constant pressure and disturbance of teeth-grinding can lead to:
- Increased tooth sensitivity and pain
- Severe tooth damage
- Fatigued jaw joints and muscles
- Chronic headaches, including migraines
- Recurring ringing and/or pain in one or both ears
Treating bruxism can help you avoid such complications, prevent the need for restorative treatment, and preserve the health and integrity of your smile. In many cases, Dr. Bonura can treat bruxism with a custom oral appliance that protects teeth from the damages of constant teeth-grinding.
Call Dr. Caytlyn Bonura at Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM!
As a true family dentist, Dr. Caytlyn Bonura offers caring, patient-centered dentistry in a welcoming, comfortable environment. From young children to teens, and adults of all ages, Silver Smiles offers a comprehensive list of family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services that are tailored to your specific needs. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.