Think teeth grinding only causes minimal problems for your teeth? You couldn’t be more wrong. If you consistently grind your teeth, you may suffer from a condition called bruxism. Grinding one’s teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity which could negatively impact the way you eat. This could also lead to Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can lead to chronic face pain and headaches. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, your Mansfield dentists, can help you identify the root of the problem and provide one of their advanced therapy solutions.

Common Symptoms of Bruxism

In addition to the symptoms listed above, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris identify the following as symptoms of bruxism:

·         Worn tooth enamel

·         Jaw pain and tired jaws

·         Headaches and face pain

·         Inner cheek damage—due to chewing

·         Earache

·         Facial pain

In addition, your partner may mention hearing you grind your teeth in the middle of the night or a coworker may mention hearing it at work. Like many bruxism-sufferers, you may not even realize you grind your teeth. Fortunately, Drs. Jones and Harris can help ease the pain associated with chronic teeth grinding.

Common Causes of Bruxism

While it is hard to pinpoint what causes someone to grind his or her teeth, there are some common psychological and physiological predictors

·         Anxiety or stress

·         Restlessness

·         Insomnia or sleep disorders

·         Side effects from medication

·         Side effects from disorders like Parkinson’s disease

Common Bruxism Treatments

During your consultation, your Mansfield dentists—Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris – will take X-rays of your teeth and jawbone. Afterwards, your dentist will show you the X-rays and share his diagnosis. Your dentist may recommend wearing a sleep apparatus to help eliminate teeth grinding at night. If the sleep apparatus won’t work for you, he may suggest some at-home dental care and lifestyle changes necessary in order to ease the pain associated with bruxism.

Your Mansfield Dentists Can Help—Call Today!

 Let your Mansfield cosmetic dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris, help with bruxism pain. Contact Mansfield Dental Associates today to schedule an appointment by calling 817-473-6227. We serve Mansfield and the surrounding communities of South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian.