When you visit us for a dental checkup, one of our main goals is to seek out issues like cavity development or gum disease. However, your preventive care visits are much more comprehensive than a check for problems with oral hygiene. A common dental disorder we look for is bruxism, which occurs when patients chronically grind (or clench) their teeth. While this might not sound like a significant problem, it can actually lead to severe consequences when left untreated. The good news? We can quickly diagnose the disorder and offer effective bruxism treatment to protect your smile.
We suggest you become familiar with what makes bruxism a significant disorder. As a result, you will more clearly understand what makes seeking bruxism treatment so important. Unlike occasional tendencies to move your teeth back and forth or bite down in a moment of frustration, bruxism is an involuntary, chronic issue. This means that you are probably unaware of the grinding or clenching, which may occur while you sleep or during waking life. Fortunately, one of more of the following symptoms may let you know that you require dental care:
- Your teeth become quite sensitive
- A friend or loved one tells you that you are grinding or clenching your teeth
- Your teeth become fractured or chipped
- Your tooth surfaces begin to appear worn
- The border of your tongue displays indentations
- You suffer from daily headaches or jaw discomfort
What To Expect from Treatment
Bruxism treatment begins with a gentle approach, while offering symptom relief and the prevention of physical damage. You will wear a custom-fitted oral device while you sleep. If your bruxism is the result of problems with alignment or old dental work, we may also suggest replacing your restorations and/or choosing orthodontic care.