How teeth clenching and grinding can impact your smile

Pittsford, NY area patients who are concerned about getting a good night’s sleep often think about ways to help them fall asleep or purchasing the right mattress. However, there are other issues that can occur during sleep that can impact your oral health: bruxism.

Understanding bruxism

Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of DeStefano Dentistry educates patients on ways to keep their smiles healthy. At the same time, he can educate patients on conditions that may develop with time that can impact the teeth and gums. Bruxism is a condition that causes patients to clench and grind their teeth. It can be detrimental to the smile, causing worn down teeth, broken restorations, and other problems. Bruxism happens without knowledge to the patient, which can make it difficult to initially diagnose. However, during routine dental visits, our dentist can spot the signs of bruxism and provide treatment recommendations.

What are common signs of bruxism?

The team at DeStefano Dentistry knows what to look for when it comes to diagnosing this condition. Some of the more common signs that bruxism is impacting the smile include:

  • Misalignment of the teeth in the dental arch
  • Breakage of teeth and dental restorations
  • Wear on natural tooth enamel
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Muscle tension around the jaw joints (TMJ)
  • Treating bruxism

Bruxism is often best treated using an oral appliance, similar to a mouthguard. This mouthguard is made of medical-grade plastics. They fit precisely over the dental arch to add a layer of cushioning between the top and bottom dental arches. This reduces tension in the jaw joint during clenching that can damage the teeth. Patients diagnosed with bruxism are often strongly encouraged to use oral appliance therapy as a treatment method. Many find that they save money by avoiding replacement of dental restorations—or the repair of natural teeth.

Consider working with the team at DeStefano Dentistry to treat bruxism

If you want to protect your smile from damage caused by bruxism, oral appliance therapy is often recommended by Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano. Call the office at (585) 248-2383 to request a consultation visit and learn more about your treatment options.

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DeStefano Dentistry

600 Kreag Rd
Pittsford, NY 14534

Tel: 585.248.2383