Do you wake up with headaches or jaw pain? You could be suffering from bruxism, or teeth grinding, and not even know it. Bruxism occurs when forceful pressure is exerted upon your teeth, whether it is loud grating and grinding or quiet consistent clenching. Over time, teeth grinding can cause far more damage than a bad night’s sleep. Bruxism can result in:
Grinding your teeth can also damage your jaw, causing hearing loss, change in facial appearance, sore muscles, chronic pain, and headaches.
People of all ages can experience complications due to teeth grinding. While the exact cause is still unknown, some contributing factors include:
If teeth grinding continues without treatment, the unnatural forces exerted on your teeth will wear down the outer layer of enamel, exposing the inner layer of tooth structure. In order to restore your teeth, you may need crowns, bridges, root canals, dental implants, or even dentures. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect that you grind your teeth before the damage becomes too great and the treatment becomes costlier.
It is important to find the source of your teeth grinding habits in order to treat your condition correctly. Our practice offers a number of non-invasive treatments for bruxism, along with these tips to help prevent teeth grinding:
Our doctors at River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry strive to deliver the highest in patient care. We want to provide all of our patients with a warm and inviting experience at each and every appointment. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options for bruxism and are searching for a periodontist in Madison, CT, please call us today!
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