Do you ever wake up with a sore or tender jaw, headaches or sores inside your cheeks? You may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This condition is also referred to as bruxism. Bruxism can damage teeth and lead to more complex dental health concerns. Bedford, TX Davis Family Dental Care offers advanced diagnostics and treatment for bruxism.
Know The Signs of Bruxism
Because teeth grinding generally occurs during sleep, many patients are unaware that they are experiencing it. Untreated, bruxism can causes significant damage to the teeth and jaw muscle and joint. Early diagnosis of teeth grinding can help reduce damage caused to your teeth. Knowing the signs of bruxism can help you to seek the treatment you need.
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Sensitivity in teeth
- Jaw pain
- Tightness in the jaw
- Constant earaches
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Overall facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the soft tissue of your mouth
What Causes Bruxism
Stress is a leading factor in causing bruxism. Dr. Davis may suggest practicing stress relief practices to help reduce the intensity of teeth grinding. Yoga, meditation or breathing exercises are a few non medicinal options you may want to try. Reducing daily stress is beneficial not only for your oral health but for your overall health as well.
In some cases, stress relief may not be enough to correct bruxism. Sometimes bruxism is caused by a misalignment of the teeth or an imbalance in the bite. Davis Family Dental Care offers several treatment options for the relief of bruxism that will realign the bite and allow normal function to reduce stress on the jaw joints and muscles.
Bruxism Treatments Bedford, TX
Cause: Misalignment of Teeth
Treatment: Bite Alignment Therapy: invisible braces, dental crowns, or veneers can all help to realign your teeth and correct the root cause of your bruxism.
Treatment: Bite Guard: similar to a sports mouthguard, this custom fit bite guard is worn at night and can help prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching during sleep.
Cause: Damage of teeth due to bruxism
Treatment: Once the root cause of your bruxism has been successfully treated, Dr. Davis may recommend cosmetic or restorative treatments to repair damage caused by teeth grinding.
Our Bedford dentist office provides a comprehensive list of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for the complete care of all your oral health needs.
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