Did you know that bruxism (the clenching or grinding of teeth) often occurs while a person is sleeping? You can find the best treatment for bruxism right here in Bedford with our team of skilled dental professionals!
Symptoms of Bruxism
Most people with bruxism grind their teeth without thinking, not even realizing they’re damaging their mouth until it starts to cause them pain.
Bruxism can lead to several problems, which can include:
- A sore, painful, tired jaw
- Difficulty or pain when opening or closing the mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Ears and upper jaw may be sensitive to touch
- Worn, chipped, or flattened teeth
- Bone damage around teeth
Stress, incorrectly aligned teeth, and various other causes can lead to bruxism. The constant grinding can not only cause severe joint pain but can also damage the surfaces of teeth. As teeth are worn down, vital tissues are exposed and teeth become more sensitive over time. Catching and treating bruxism early is imperative for your continued long-term dental health.
If the condition worsens, enough tooth surface can be lost that your bite collapses, leading to a lot of pressure in the temporomandibular joint. This can lead to a condition with similar symptoms, called TMJ disorder.
While it’s always a good idea to attempt to reduce stress levels to stop grinding, it’s important that a patient with bruxism seek professional dental care from a dentist in order to prevent further damage to teeth.
After assessing a patient’s condition and confirming the source of the problem, Dr. White and her team can help patients treat bruxism with the use of a custom nightguard, protecting the surfaces of the teeth from further damage. Other options are available, depending on the extent of your symptoms
Want to learn more about how Dr. White can help turn your bruxism around and help give you a smile you’re proud to share with everyone?