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20Aug

Taking care of your smile is about more than brushing your teeth twice a day; the overall structure of your smile makes a huge difference regarding how your teeth age over time. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists.

Dental enamel is undoubtedly a strong substance, but it isn’t indestructible. Tooth-on-tooth contact creates mini cracks and chips on the tooth’s surface, and leaves the tooth vulnerable to additional damage infection.

You may find that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth due to:

  • Increased stress
  • Poor bite alignment (which makes it difficult for your top and bottom teeth to come together comfortably and naturally)
  • TMJ damage

When chronic dental grinding is left untreated, it can cause a number of oral health issues, including:

  • Pain and discomfort, especially around the jaw joints
  • Weakened dental enamel
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Shifting dental alignment

The key to successfully treating dental grinding, is to first identify the underlying cause of the behavior. Treatment can then be customized to meet your needs. If, for example, your top and bottom teeth do not come together comfortably, this can be improved with orthodontic treatment, new restorations, or even dental bonding. If, on the other hand, you are clenching your teeth due to stress, then you may simply need to incorporate some calming, stress-reduction techniques into your routine. There are also jaw exercises that can help to relieve tension.  

The first step in this process is to schedule a consultation with our Glendale dental team. During your consultation, we’ll assess your smile, and screen it for signs of existing damage. You can always give our office a call to speak to a member of our team, or you can use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry with your contact information. We look forward to speaking with you! 

06Aug

Achieving and then maintaining optimal oral health is about a lot more than simply brushing and flossing as recommended. Many patients do not realize just how impactful the structure of your smile is in terms of long-term oral health. Our Glendale dentists are here with some more information about what exactly this means for you.

When we talk about dental structure, we’re talking about how various components of your maxillofacial structure come together and work in harmony or disharmony. This encompasses jaw health, dental alignment, and natural tooth shapes.

There are a number of oral health issues that can develop over time when structural dental problems are left untreated:

  • Premature dental gaining and uneven dental wear and tear
  • Thin and weak enamel, which is not as resilient
  • TMJ dysfunction; you may notice jaw discomfort and diminished jaw mobility
  • Bruxism, which is characterized by tooth grinding and clenching (this may occur day or night, and especially in times of stress)

The good news is that there are treatments available to improve underlying structural irregularities. Addressing issues promptly can improve your long-term dental prognosis, and help your smile age attractively and gracefully. Depending on your specific situation, you may choose to move forward by:

  • Completing orthodontic treatment to shift your smile into healthier alignment
  • Upgrading old restorations with fresh, custom-crafted crowns
  • Reshaping selective teeth using dental bonding and composite resin
  • Refining and shaping dental enamel to smooth out irregularities

The key to successful treatment is kicking off the process with a thorough consultation. During your dental assessment, our Glendale dentists will be able to pinpoint the underlying cause of your oral health issues, and make personalized treatment recommendations.

Please feel free to reach out to our dental team by calling our office or using the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry.