Stop Teeth Grinding with Bruxism Treatment
Some things are only a danger to your oral health if you’re exposed to them excessively – like grinding your teeth. If you constantly grind your teeth, especially at night, then you may be suffering from bruxism, which can lead to irreversible damage to your teeth, jaws, and more. If Dr. Nielsen uncovers signs of bruxism during your dental checkup, then he can recommend treatment to help you stop grinding your teeth and repair any dental damage that has occurred.
When Should You Worry About Grinding Teeth?
You don’t have to reach for the phone and schedule a dental appointment just because you notice that you’re grinding your teeth. If you clench and grind them on occasion, like when you’re angry or frustrated, then you are not likely to cause any permanent dental damage.
However, constant, uncontrollable grinding of your teeth can severely damage their structures and over-tax your jaw muscles and joints. If you notice that you grind your teeth more than once every day, or if your sleeping partner complains of grinding noises at night, then you should mention the condition during your next visit with Dr. Nielsen. Because it occurs most often at night, bruxism may be difficult to detect on your own, though you can be wary of other symptoms and signs, such as:
- Overly sensitive teeth
- Sore, painful jaw muscles
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning
- Damage to your teeth, like worn chewing surfaces and/or chipped edges
Customized Treatment for Bruxism
The specifics of bruxism treatment may differ from patient to patient, depending on the nature and severity of the condition. If detected early, bruxism may be treated before it causes dental damage with a customized oral appliance. The mouthguard can be worn at night to protect your teeth when they need it the most.
If an existing condition, like malocclusion (crooked teeth), is to blame for your bruxism, then treatment might include orthodontics to restore your bite alignment. If your bruxism has led to tooth damage already, then treatment may include an appropriate restoration, such as a dental crown.