Bruxism refers to the grinding and clenching of teeth, which can happen at any time but is more common during sleep, especially at night. It’s a significant contributor to tooth damage but often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because it’s just one of the potential causes of tooth wear.
Untreated bruxism can lead to various oral health issues that impact both your smile and your overall well-being, including:
- Broken, chipped, and worn teeth
- Damaged dentures or other oral appliances
- Headaches and migraines
- Earaches and ringing in the ears
- Pain in the jaw joints, which can contribute to TMJ disorders
- Tension and discomfort in the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders
- Pain and tightness in the jaw muscles
Several treatments are available to help manage bruxism and prevent teeth grinding, from relaxation exercises to oral appliances like night guards and NTI-tss devices. When you visit our office, we’ll examine your mouth and determine the most effective treatment for managing your bruxism. Once your bruxism is under control, we’ll work with you to restore your smile to its full health and beauty.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about bruxism, please reach out to our office today.
In addition to providing smile makeovers to residents of Sterling and the surrounding areas, we also provide the following family dentistry services in Sterling: cleanings & exams, dental sealants, digital x-rays, home care, oral cancer screening, oral surgery, and sedation dentistry.