Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can result in significant jaw pain, persistent headaches, and in severe cases, tooth loss.
You should never ignore such an issue, here how to discover it and the treatment
Bruxism refers to a condition in which individuals clench or grind their teeth while awake or asleep. In most cases, patients are unaware of clenching or grinding but may notice associated symptoms, such as:
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Pain or soreness in the jaw, neck, or face
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Sores on insides of the cheeks or lips from biting
- Restricted jaw movement
- Dull headaches that start at the temples
- Clicking in the jaw joints
- Enlargement of the jaw muscles, called masseter hypertrophy
Your dentist may also notice wearing or damage to your teeth due to excessive pressure, such as cracks, chips, loose teeth, or flattening of the chewing surfaces. If you have a sleeping partner, they may hear clicking, grinding, gnashing, or other sounds which are indicative of bruxism.
Both Adults and Children Can Benefit
FROM BRUXISM TREATMENT
A Custom Mouth Guard Can
PROTECT YOUR SMILE DURING SLEEP
How does bruxism treatment work?
Consultation & Exams
During your exam, your dentist will assess the health of your gums and teeth. If he or she identifies signs of excessive wear, you may be a good candidate for bruxism treatment
To create your custom oral appliance, your dentist will begin by gathering digital or putty impressions of your smile
These impressions will be sent to a lab, where your custom mouth guard will be crafted
Your oral appliance will be delivered a few weeks later and your dentist will check the fit and feel before sending you home to begin therapy
Additionally, your dentist may recommend whether custom dental crowns are needed to strengthen any teeth previously damaged by teeth grinding
You Have Options
Depending on your unique concerns and the root cause of your teeth grinding, your dentist may also recommend orthodontics, stress therapy, or jaw exercises to further relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of teeth grinding.
Although there is no cure for bruxism, a treatment prescribed by your dentist can help you manage the painful symptoms, get a restful sleep, and improve your quality of life. Speak with a dentist to get started on your personalized treatment.