Bruxism Could Damage Your Teeth

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When you grind your teeth or clench them at night, this could cause serious damage to your smile. In turn, this damage will lead to complications for your overall oral health. To avoid these complications, you need to seek treatment. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will discuss how we approach treating issues like bruxism.

The Dangers of Teeth Grinding

When you grind your teeth or clench them on a regular basis, this puts enormous pressure on the teeth, wearing down outer structure and even cracking or chipping them. The damage exposes vulnerable inner tissues to bacteria, and could mean the onset of cavities and infections, complications that could eventually lead to tooth loss and worsening pain! Instead of leaving your smile vulnerable, you should contact our team for a diagnosis and to see what treatment is best for you.

Causes and Symptoms

This could be caused by high levels of stress in your daily life, or possible factors that upset bite balance and strain the jaw joints, such as untreated TMD, tooth loss, malocclusion, complications with the growth and development of the jaw, or injury to the face or jaw. Warning signs of trouble could include headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial aches, and discomfort in the neck and shoulders. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches could occur as well. When you experience these symptoms, you should talk to our team right away about possible solutions!

Taking Action

For some, discomfort could be eased by avoiding hard or chewy foods, cutting back on caffeinated products, and placing a warm washcloth to the side of the face. Treatment could include orthodontics to correct misalignment, or crowns or contouring to improve overall bite balance. But for many, a custom-made oral appliance is the best route to better comfort and oral health. We custom-fit this appliance by taking detailed digital images of your smile, which we use to design and craft a device that fits like a mouthguard. When worn at night, the oral appliance helps shift the jaw to ease stress and strain. This also prevents further damage by putting a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. If you have damaged teeth, we could repair them with dental bonding or even a custom dental crown.

If you have any questions about treating bruxism, or about repairing any damage your smile has sustained, then contact our team today to learn more. We want you to enjoy a healthy and comfortable smile again!


We have a comfortable and effective solution to bruxism. If you have any questions about tacking your grinding and clenching issues, or addressing concerns like TMJ disorder, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.