April 5, 2014
There are plenty of options out there for improving your overall dental health and wellness following a serious case of tooth decay or tooth damage. These days, Dr. Wayne Myles combines restorative and cosmetic techniques to achieve total wellness and the best possible aesthetic results. Restorative dental care is focused on improving overall health, while cosmetic dentistry allows you to have a smile that looks its very best.
One of the great advances in cosmetic and restorative care is porcelain dental crown treatment. Let's take a moment right now to consider the various advantages and benefits of porcelain dental crowns.
About Dental Crowns
Some basics first to consider. Dental crowns are caps that help protect and strengthen a damaged tooth. When in place, the dental crown will restore the ability of the tooth to bite and chew and also protect patients from further tooth pain and sensitivity.
The Porcelain Dental Crown Difference
Traditional dental crowns were often made of metal, which made them strong but also quite unsightly. By comparison, porcelain dental crowns are made entirely of tooth-colored porcelain that is color-matched to your teeth. There are some clear benefits to this difference.
Improved Aesthetics with Porcelain Dental Crowns
With porcelain dental crowns, the dental restoration blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. When you smile, no one will be able to tell that you have a dental crown in place thanks to the natural appearance of the porcelain. This is why porcelain crowns are ideal for prominent teeth and front teeth.
Porcelain Crowns Offer Good Durability as a Restorative Option
Even though the dental crowns are made from porcelain, they are very strong and allow patients to bite and chew just as they normally would. This means patients can engage in normal activities without feel especially delicate with their teeth.
Alternatives to Porcelain Dental Crowns
While there are a number of health and aesthetic advantages to getting porcelain crowns, they may not be the ideal option for you and your needs.
Sometimes metal crowns will be best rather than porcelain crowns, though ideally these are used when patient needs crowns for molars and pre-molars. There are also dental crowns that have a metal core but are coated in tooth-colored porcelain, which combines the aesthetic and functional advantages of porcelain and metal crowns.
If you have suffered tooth damage or tooth decay that is not substantial enough to necessitate a dental crown, your best option for care will likely be an inlay or an onlay. For extreme tooth damage or tooth decay, the best option may be to extract the tooth and look into option for filling the tooth gap.
Making the Best Choices for You and Your Needs
The ideal dental crown for you and your needs will really depend on the tooth that needs to be restored, the location of the tooth along the dental arch, and also the nature of the teeth that are on the opposite dental arch. During your consultation with Dr. Myles, you will be able to learn about all of your options for care and which type of dental crown or other restorations may be most ideal for you.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about dental crowns and your many other options available for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Reston, VA cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible health, wellness, and smile appearance.
March 4, 2014
Most people probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that gum disease is a common cause of dental problems, but its risks are not just limited to the mouth. Gum disease has thus far been linked to multiple other diseases and complications, many of which pose a serious danger to your overall health. In the interest of keeping your teeth and body as healthy as possible, our Reston cosmetic dentistry office would like to extend the following information on the risks of gum disease. Hopefully, you can take the right precautions or, if needed, seek the right treatment to protect yourself from its potential effects.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums. Similar to how tooth decay is a bacterial infection, gum tissue can also suffer from the spread of bacteria and plaque. In its earlier stages, this inflammation is known as gingivitis. Although most cases of gingivitis are relatively mild, untreated disease can spread beneath the gums and into the roots of teeth. If the infection spreads to bone tissue in the jaw, the disease progresses into a more serious form known as periodontitis. While all periodontal problems are cause for concern, the longer they are allowed to cultivate and spread, the greater risk a person has of developing dental and health complications.
How Does Gum Disease Affect Dental Health?
Any degree of gum disease can increase one’s chances of developing tooth decay. But as gingivitis and periodontitis progress, patients may experience a host of additional problems. At first, gums will become reddened and sensitive. When brushing or flossing, they may be prone to light bleeding. Gums will also slowly lose tissue, resulting in a receding gum line over time.
As gingivitis advances, gums will loosen and pull away from teeth. Pockets of infection will thus develop in the space, with the depth of pockets being a good indication of the severity of disease. At this point, patients must seek treatment if they do not wish their teeth or bone tissue to be infected.
If periodontitis ensues, teeth may shift position or become loose due to inflamed bone tissue. Their roots may also begin to decay, resulting in the need for root canal treatment. Ultimately, if treatment is not sought, tooth loss will occur.
How Does Gum Disease Affect Overall Health?
Patients with a history of gum disease are at an increased risk of multiple other diseases. While the reasons for this correlation are not entirely known, it is generally accepted that gum disease can have negative long-term effects on overall health.
- Heart disease: The prevalence of gum disease is directly linked to the risk of cardiovascular problems. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to also have heart disease. Similarly, periodontal problems seem to increase the likelihood of high blood pressure, clogged arteries, and stroke.
- Respiratory disease: Evidence suggests that gingivitis and periodontitis raise the risk of certain respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Arthritis: Studies show that the bacteria responsible for gingivitis also has the potential to speed up the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, as well increase its severity.
- Diabetes: Diabetes and gum disease have a cyclically negative effect on one another. Because diabetes lowers the body’s immune system, such patients are less able to fight off gum disease. In turn, gum disease can negatively affect patients’ blood sugar levels.
- Cancer: According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, gum disease results in a significantly increased risk of pancreatic cancer in men. The risk of lung, kidney, and blood cancers is also suspected to be raised by gum disease.
Taking these health risks into consideration, it’s clear why treating gum disease is a priority at our dental practice. If you suspect that your gums are currently suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis, allow us to recommend the appropriate periodontal treatment.
Protect Your Gums
Healthy gums equate to a healthy body. Be proactive in your hygiene, both at home and at your dentist. Schedule a cleaning or periodontal treatment to avoid potential complications in the future.
February 25, 2014
Cavities: you have probably been warned about them since you were a child, but adults are just as likely to develop them. Every day, Wayne Myles, DDS, and his team at Smiles by Myles offer treatment for cavities at their Reston office. But how exactly do cavities form? By understanding this dental health problem, you can better understand how to prevent them – and how to treat them if they develop.
How Do Cavities Form?
Everyone has bacteria in their mouths. These bacteria survive on the sugars that exist in the food we eat. It’s normally nothing dangerous – it’s just a part of everyday life. But if these bacteria are allowed to thrive and become overgrown, they can cause damage to your teeth in the form of decay and cavities.
When a person consumes an excess of sugary foods, while failing to brush and floss properly to clear away bacteria, they can form colonies around your teeth – you may know these bacteria colonies as plaque. In later stages, these plaque colonies can harden into another form called tartar, which is much more difficult to get rid off without the help of a dental professional.
As these bacteria colonies grow, they emit acids that can eat through the enamel of your tooth, forming a small hole that you will know as a cavity. While cavities start small, once the hole is formed bacteria can swarm inside and eat away at the tooth that much more quickly, causing more extensive damage that may be more difficult to treat.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
A little bit of preventative action can go a long way in protecting yourself from having cavities form in the first place. The most important thing that anyone can do to prevent cavities is to brush and floss daily. Twice a day is sufficient, although the best scenario is to brush and floss after every meal. An antibacterial mouthwash is also effective in cleaning out bacteria that a toothbrush might have missed.
Some people are born with teeth full of deep natural crevices – prime real estate for bacteria to hide out and multiply. If your teeth fit this profile, your cosmetic dentist may recommend sealants. A sealant is a thin coating painted onto the surface of molars and premolars to protect against tooth decay-forming bacteria. Sealants are most often recommended to children, but adults who are more susceptible to cavities can also benefit greatly from the treatment.
How Are Cavities Treated?
Even with the best preventative measures, cavities can still form. If your cavity is still small, your dentist will most likely recommend a filling. Today’s technology offers natural-looking tooth-colored fillings made of a composite resin to closely match the color and texture of your tooth, providing another option along with the standard metal alloy fillings.
If your tooth decay is more advanced, it may require a root canal or more extensive removal of the damaged enamel in order to correct the problem. In this case, a filling is not enough and dental crowns may be used to cap or replace the damaged teeth.
Learn More about Cavity Treatment Today
If you are suffering from tooth pain, or think you might have a cavity forming, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. Contact Dr. Myles at Smiles By Myles to schedule an appointment and learn more about cavity treatment options today.
January 6, 2014
If there is one dental health issue that is commonly misunderstood, it is gum recession. Not only are its causes misunderstood, but the treatment options for gum disease are similarly misunderstood. This is why it's important to us that we provide patients with accurate information about gum recession and what it entails.
Right now, we'd like to go over some of the basics with regard to gum recession. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist for a consultation, you'll be able to learn more about gum recession in greater detail. The following should give you a basic idea about this dental health concern and why it needs to be taken seriously.
About Gum Recession
Gum recession refers to the gradual loss of gum tissue along the lower portion of the teeth. When this occurs, more of the root structure around a tooth is exposed, which can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth decay below the gumline, and other serious dental health problems.
Common Cause of Gum Recession
The most common causes of gum recession are:
- Gum disease
- Aggressive brushing of the teeth
- The natural aging process
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Recession
The most common signs and symptoms of gum recession include:
- Exposure of the tooth root along the gumline
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
Patients who experience serious gum disease may also notice issues with loose teeth, gum discoloration, gum pain, and swelling of the gums.
Treating Gum Disease
If gum recession occurs as the result of gum disease, an important first step of restorative dentistry care is treating the infection of the gum tissue. This will usually involve the use of antiseptic rinses as well as antibiotics. The severity of your gum disease will determine the best treatment option to address the infected tissue.
Rebuilding the Gumline
In order to rebuild the gumline, dentists and periodontists usually rely on gum grafting/soft tissue augmentation. This involves the use of donor soft tissue from the mouth of a patient (usually along the palate) or an artificial gum tissue graft. The soft tissue is carefully sutured into place along the gumline so that it helps build up gum tissue.
After having a gum graft placed, it's important that patients follow instructions for post-operative care to the letter. This will often include changes in diet, avoiding the use of straws, and chewing on the side of the mouth opposite the gum graft.
Preventing Gum Recession
The best option for lasting dental wellness is always prevention. The best ways to prevent gum recession are as follows:
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss at least every night to remove food particles between teeth
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
If you would like to learn more about gum recession and your many options available for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Reston, VA dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and the most beautiful smile possible.
December 24, 2013
There are so many different dental health issues that can affect the teeth and gums. Thankfully there are also many different treatments out there that can help your smile look its best and be its healthiest. It's important that you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist about these matters so that all of your unique concerns can be addressed in full.
Right now we'd like to turn our attention to the nature of tooth erosion. This is a misunderstood dental health issue, but it's one that should be taken very seriously given what it means for a person's overall dental wellness.
About Tooth Erosion
Also known as acid erosion and dental erosion, tooth erosion involves the deterioration of tooth structure caused by an acidic pH in the mouth. This leads weakened tooth structure and less structural stability of a person's bite.
Substances That Cause Tooth Erosion
There are many different substances that can cause the pH within the mouth to become acidic. These include the following:
- Soft drinks
- Citrus juice
- Soy sauce
- Gastric fluid
With regard to the last substance, tooth erosion is often noticed in people who suffer from bulimia. This is usually a warning sign of the problem in addition to weight loss and fatigue.
How Tooth Erosion Differs from Tooth Decay
Many people believe that tooth erosion and tooth decay are the same thing. While both are serious restorative dentistry matters, they differ in terms of cause. While acidic pH causes tooth erosion, by contrast, tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth creating plaque which eats away at tooth structure. It's possible for people to suffer from serious dental health issues related to both tooth decay and tooth erosion.
Treating Tooth Erosion
When it comes to treating tooth erosion, the old standbys for treating tooth decay apply. Dental restorations are necessary to rebuild tooth structure. By having dental fillings, inlays, onlays, or dental crowns placed, you can have your overall dental health and bite strength improved.
When tooth erosion is very serious, it may be necessary to extract a damaged tooth. This is only done as a last case scenario as it is always preferable to save a tooth when possible. The ideal restoration method for you will be discussed during the consultation process.
Prevention of Tooth Erosion
Prevention is always an ideal solution, and there are many things that you can do to prevent acid erosion from occurring. The basics of traditional dental hygiene apply:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth every night (ideally after every meal)
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular exams
We also want to recommend that you drink water rather than other kinds of beverages such as soda or fruit juice. Water has a basic pH and helps remove food particles that could be acidic. This is a simple way of keeping your mouth moist, clean, and free from problematic particles.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
If you would like more information about acid erosion and all of your options for advanced dental wellness, be sure to contact our Reston, VA dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best dental health possible.
November 26, 2013
Oral health is an extremely important part of hygiene. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. People assume that brushing their teeth once a day and negligently forgetting to floss will still prevent them from getting cavities. However, this is rarely the case. With the amount of sugar and acid in most foods these days, maintaining proper dental health has never been more important.
Dr. Wayne Myles and his restorative dentistry team at Smiles By Myles in Reston, VA, are dedicated to helping adults and children thwart dental problems by giving tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene.
Dental Care Tips for Babies and Children
The cost of poor dental hygiene can be very high. Children and babies with poor dental health can have difficulties eating, teething, and drinking. It’s important for parents to teach their children how to take care of their teeth, so they can live a healthy life.
By using these oral health tips, babies and children can prevent dental problems:
- Parents should clean the baby’s gums and teeth after each feeding with a moist gauze pad or brush them with a soft child-size toothbrush when teeth begin to appear.
- Parents should consult a dentist before using fluoride toothpaste on their baby’s teeth. Typically, children can begin using toothpaste at the age of 2.
- After the baby turns 1, he or she should be attending regular dental visits at least six months apart.
- Limit the amount of juice or sugary beverages that the child consumes. If they do drink juice, parents should have the child rinse directly afterwards with plain water.
- After the child begins to develop teeth, begin a flossing regimen.
- Look for dental products recommended by the American Dental Association.
- When the child reaches 6 or 7, he or she should begin brushing twice per day.
Dental Care Tips for Adolescents and Adults
Tooth loss is typically caused by tooth decay and gum disease. For adolescents and adults who do not have secondary pair of teeth coming in, the teeth they have are the ones they will have for the rest of their life, so it's extremely important to take good care of them.
In order for teens and adults maintain good oral hygiene, they should take note of the following tips:
- Using a sealant can help prevent cavities. Sealants are a protective plastic coating that covers adult molars to help thwart decay.
- Making regular visits to the dentist is important. The dentist can suggest products and dietary solutions that prevent dental problems. Dental visits should be made every six months.
- Teens and adults should brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and floss every day.
- Using an anti-microbial mouthwash can help take care of gums and prevent gingivitis.
- Bleeding gums could be the early signs of periodontal disease and patients should see a dentist if this condition persists.
- Adults should replace their toothbrush every three months, or as soon as the bristles begin to bend.
- Brushing teeth at a 45-degree angle in small circles helps to remove the maximum amount of plaque.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can increase the risk of gum infections and tooth decay.
- Limit intake of sugary and acidic foods like soda, candy, and coffee.
- Do not eat before bedtime because food is more likely to cause cavities at night when there is less saliva.
Dr. Wayne Myles is a renowned cosmetic dentist with a passion for preventive dentistry. Dentistry is not just about repairing chipped teeth and drilling out cavities, it's also about helping patients achieve a happy, healthy smile with tips on ways to prevent dental issues. Dr. Myles and his team of preventive dentistry professionals believe that providing patients with a healthy mouth is of the utmost importance. To learn more about preventive dentistry treatments and tips, please give Smiles By Myles a call or contact the office by e-mail today.
October 29, 2013
Reston families have trusted their dental health to Dr. Wayne Myles since 1997. At Dr. Myles' cosmetic dentistry practice, our friendly staff strives to provide patients with a friendly, comfortable atmosphere so our patients will look forward to their next dental visit. If you are looking for a family dentist, consider scheduling your next appointment with Dr. Myles.
Services We Offer
We offer a wide range of cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry treatments to meet the dental needs of you and your family. Here are just a few of the most popular treatments offered by Dr. Myles.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a wonderful treatment to instantly transform the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to improve the overall aesthetics of your teeth by improving dental shape, color, and size. Porcelain veneers can also be used to restore teeth with mild damage including chipped teeth and teeth with minimal decay.
- Invisalign®: Invisalign® is a popular treatment for patients of all ages. Invisalign® is a clear orthodontics system that provides the teeth straightening function of metal braces without the unsightly metal brackets and wires. Invisalign® is a great option for teens and adults alike.
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening with ZOOM!® can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile in as little as one dental visit. Dr. Myles offers both in-office whitening and at-home whitening to accommodate today's busy lifestyles.
- Sedation Dentistry: Dr. Myles offers oral sedation dentistry to help patients with dental anxiety feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental appointments.
- Gum Contouring: Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental treatment designed to reshape the gums and improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles. Gum contouring creates a more even, proportionate gum line so when you smile, people will see your beautiful teeth and not excessive gum tissue. Dr. Myles uses a special dental laser to safely and painlessly reshape the gum line in as little as five minutes.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are a fantastic option for permanently replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace teeth lost due to decay or injury. Dental implants can be used in conjunction with dental crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures to securely replace one or more teeth.
- Periodontal Care: Periodontal, or gum, disease is a major cause for tooth loss. Periodontal disease results from a build-up of plaque and bacteria beneath the gum line, leading to infection and irritation. Dr. Myles offers periodontal treatments like scaling and root planing to improve oral health.
- Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings and Onlays: Dental fillings and onlays are used to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings and onlays are used to restore the tooth's structure and appearance.
Schedule Your Family's Next Appointment with Dr. Myles
Finding the perfect dentist is key to maintaining oral health. Dr. Myles offers a wide range of treatments to meet the needs of patients of all ages. Set your family up for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Schedule your family's next appointment with Dr. Myles.
September 5, 2013
Dental care needs change from person to person based on their unique needs and their age. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist who has experience meeting the health care needs of patients of all ages, you'll have nothing to worry about. He or she will be able to assess and address any dental health issue with the unique age-group needs in mind.
Right now, we'd like to focus on an interesting age group for patients: teens/young adults.
The Dental Care Needs of Teens
As a teenager matures into adulthood, this gives dental health professionals a great opportunity to promote wellness and fix any major issues that may affect wellness in adulthood. Many concerns in teenage dental care share similar issues as adult dental care, but major therapies are easier to perform in this age group since they are relatively young.
Basic Dental Care Treatment
The basics are always necessary no matter if you're a toddler or a senior. Just like other patients, teens need to have regular cleanings and regular checkups to ensure that their dental care needs are effectively addressed. Tooth decay, gum disease, and other basic issues can all be addressed easily.
A dentist will often partner with orthodontists in order to ensure that teenage patients get the straight, beautiful teeth that they need to have great smiles and experience total wellness. It's best to perform orthodontic treatments on children and teens since treatment is easier at these ages than it is when they are older.
Accidents and serious dental problems can befall people at all ages, which is why restorative dentistry remains essential as a teenage dental care need. Whether it's addressing major tooth decay or tooth damage or performing a full mouth reconstruction due to years of neglect, our team will be here.
Cosmetic Dental Care
Though it may not seem common, many teens do undergo cosmetic dental care procedures. These types of aesthetic treatments can help fix chips and cracks or even brighten teeth that have become discolored. Generally we try to blend sound aesthetics into all of our treatments to ensure that patients look great and feel great at the same time.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
As teenagers grow older, their wisdom teeth begin grow in. Sometimes this occurs after the teenage years, like in the early twenties. These extra sets of rear molars often grow in crooked, impacting other teeth and causing major discomfort.
In order to prevent serious tooth pain and other health issues, it's necessary to remove these wisdom teeth through a common oral surgery. Once the wisdom teeth are removed, patients will experience no more tooth pain and they will be able to go about their business as usual.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like to learn more about dental care treatments for teens as well as your many other options for achieving advanced dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our Reston, VA cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.
August 27, 2013
As people get older, they face a number of dental health issues that are unique to advanced age. This is a natural part of the aging process and nothing that you should feel ashamed of or self-conscious about. By meeting with a skilled professional at our restorative and cosmetic dentistry center, you'll be able to get the help that you need when it is most needed.
Right now our dental care team would like to focus on the dental health challenges that seniors face. This will give you a good idea of what to expect from advanced dental treatment and how we can best help you meet your needs.
Dental Problems That Seniors Face
Seniors face a number of dental health issues related to advanced age. Much of this has to do with normal wear and tear over the years, which can affect the teeth, the gums, and many other structures of the mouth, some of which you may not expect.
Below are a few of the dental problems that seniors often face and various ways that we can help address them.
Treatments for Advanced Tooth Decay and Damage
Tooth decay and damage are serious heath issues, which can result in major discomfort and tooth sensitivity as well difficulty eating certain foods. In order to address varying degrees of tooth decay/damage, there are different dental restoration options that can be tailored to meet different needs. When it comes to minor decay or damage, dental fillings are ideal. More serious cases of damage and decay will be best addressed using inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Treatments for Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a very common problem with elderly patients, whether it comes as a result of gradual wear or decay. The use of dental bridges and dentures at our general and restorative dental care center are both common treatment options to consider. We also often use dental implants as a means of supporting these dental appliances.
Treatments for Gum Disease and Recession
The soft tissues of the mouth are just as important as the teeth, which is why your dentist will take extra care when it comes to the overall condition and health of the gumline. Gum recession is especially problematic for patients of advanced age, and it can often result in tooth loss and serious tooth decay. We have many different methods of treating gum infections as well as restoring the gumline.
Treatments for Other Advanced Dental Problems
The above are just a few of the issues that our dental care team can help older patients address. We are also able to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders, which refers to the locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw joint. This may be due to tooth grinding, arthritis, or other problems. And while it doesn't seem like a serious health issue, we are also able to help patients who are dealing with dry mouth. It may actually be the sign of a serious health problem.
During your consultation, we will be sure to go over all of your options for care in full detail so that you can get the help that you deserve when you most deserve it.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about your many options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Reston, VA dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.
July 8, 2013
Teeth grinding can lead to major dental damage and should not go untreated. If you suffer from teeth grinding, cosmetic dentist Wayne Myles offers a number of treatment options that may be right for you.
Why Treat Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a common condition that can lead to serious dental problems like dental decay or even tooth loss. Prolonged teeth grinding is actually dangerous to overall health for a number of reasons, including:
- Wears away tooth enamel: Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of the tooth, which protects against decay. Teeth grinding destroys the enamel and makes the teeth vulnerable to decay.
- Loosened teeth and gum recession: Habitual teeth grinding can loosen the teeth within their sockets, leading to other dental problems like gum recession and tooth loss.
- May result in tooth loss: Teeth grinding can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Teeth grinding may lead to tooth loss either from decay (in which case extraction may be required) or from the loosening of the tooth root from the socket.
- May fracture the teeth: Teeth grinding puts constant stress on the teeth, which can lead to fractures.
- Cause or worsen TMD: Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ, can be caused or worsened by teeth grinding.
- Causes headaches, neck, and/or jaw pain: The constant strain teeth grinding puts on the jaw may result in constant dull headaches, neck pain, or jaw pain.
- Results in sleep disturbances: Because most teeth grinding occurs while sleeping, many sufferers may have difficulty sleeping. Teeth grinding is often so loud it may also disturb the sleep of a partner.
Teeth Grinding Treatments
Teeth grinding is detrimental to both dental and general health and should not be left untreated. Fortunately there are preventative and restorative treatments available to alleviate the symptoms and repair the damage caused by teeth grinding.
- Mouth Guards: Mouth guards, or splints, are one of the most effective treatments for teeth grinding. Mouth guards are custom-made devices that are worn during sleep to protect the teeth from the damage caused by teeth grinding.
- Orthodontic Treatments: For some, teeth grinding is caused by poor alignment of the teeth. Orthodontics can be used to correct misalignment, thereby treating teeth grinding caused by a bad bite.
- Stress Reducing Activities: Teeth grinding is sometimes caused by stress and anxiety. Practicing stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, and walking can help those with stress induced bruxism.
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a wonderful treatment to restore the appearance and strength of teeth damaged by grinding. Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells that fit over the front surface of the teeth to restore the teeth to their former shape and protect the teeth from further damage.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are another option for treating teeth grinding. Dental crowns tooth-shaped caps that fit completely over damaged teeth. Dental crowns are perfect for treating fractured, decayed, or weakened teeth.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace teeth lost due to teeth grinding. A dental implant is a screw-like metal post placed within the jaw, to which a dental restoration is attached. Dental restorations for dental implants include single dental crowns, dental bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
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