One of the biggest contributions to tooth damage is bruxism. Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of the teeth, and can occur at any time, though it is more common at night. Our dentist offers a number of restorative treatments to help restore your smile after it has been damaged and prevent future bruxism from occurring. Please call us at 714-974-0949 to learn more about bruxism and make your appointment with Dr. Randy Cockrell in Anaheim Hills, California, .
Bruxism is frequently misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, due to the fact that it is one of several potential causes of tooth wear. Only a trained dental professional can tell the difference between damage caused by bruxism and wear caused by overly aggressive brushing or acidic foods and drinks. Common symptoms of bruxism include earaches, headaches, aching jaws, muscle tension in the neck, depression, and eating disorders.
If left untreated, bruxism can cause gum recession, tooth loss, fractured and broken teeth, excessively worn teeth, arthritis, and myofascial pain and debilitating headaches. While there is no single cure for bruxism, our dentist can provide a hard mouth guard to alleviate the effects of tooth grinding and restore your smile. The mouth guard is custom made and designed to minimize the abrasive actions of teeth while asleep.
Other treatment methods for bruxism include relaxation exercises, stress management, and biofeedback mechanisms. Once your bruxism is under control, our dentist will recommend a restorative treatment to help you regain a beautiful and healthy smile.
For more information about bruxism, and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, please contact our office today.