According to researchers, up to 25% of Americans grind their teeth. Over time, teeth grinding can damage your smile or even lead to serious medical issues, such as TMJ disorder. How do you know if you grind your teeth? What can you do to stop? Fortunately, at The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest treatment to ease the symptoms of teeth grinding. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss our unique approach to ending teeth grinding and restoring your smile.
Symptoms and Causes of Bruxism
In many cases, people grind their teeth during sleep and may be unaware that they suffer from bruxism. There are a variety of symptoms to watch for, including:
· Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
· Sore jaw
· Frequent head and earaches
· Difficulty biting down
· Cracked or chipped teeth
Several factors can cause a person to begin grinding their teeth. In some cases, bite misalignment places stress on the jaw joints, increasing episodes of bruxism. Other times, an elevation in daily stress leads to patients grinding their teeth.
Restoring Your Smile
When we grind our teeth, we damage our smiles. If left untreated, patients may crack or chip their teeth. In extreme cases, teeth can even become worn down, exposing the sensitive layers of tooth structure and increasing the risk of infection or dental abscesses. At The Silverstrom Group, your Livingston general dentists offer a wide array of cosmetic and restorative procedures to restore your smile, such as:
· Cosmetic bonding
· Porcelain veneers
· Dental crowns
In order to treat bruxism, your Livingston dentists may recommend a special intraoral device. Similar to a mouth guard, this oral appliance prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, helping patients avoid further teeth grinding.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston General Dentists
Do you exhibit any of the symptoms of bruxism? Interested in ending your teeth gridning episodes? Then contact your Livingston general dentists today. We offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.