If you find yourself grinding your teeth often, you may be suffering from bruxism. This constant teeth grinding may cause earaches, headaches, or jaw pain. Left untreated, bruxism may also cause other oral health issues, such as cracked or weakened teeth resulting in possible tooth loss or bite misalignment. Fortunately, we can help treat constant teeth grinding and related problems such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Bruxism most often happens when a person is sleeping, though it can happen while someone is awake, too. People experiencing bruxism are often unaware of it at the time they do it. It can be brought on by stress, diet, and other lifestyle or health issues.
TMJ is usually related to teeth grinding and is damage to one or both of a jaw’s joints. If you experience TMJ, you may have discomfort when biting or chewing, have chronic jaw pain, or hear popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth.
TMD is a term used to describe disorders that affect the TMJ. Symptoms include jaw and face pain, tender jaw muscles, difficulty chewing, and muscle spasms.
Treating These Issues
We can help treat these issues with our advanced therapies. When you visit us for a bruxism, TMJ, or TMD treatment, we’ll utilize dental technology, such as digital X-rays, to get an accurate picture of your teeth and jawbone. This will help us make a more precise plan to help you stop grinding your teeth. We may recommend a sleep apparatus, customized to fit your mouth, to help prevent your teeth from grinding when you sleep. We may also suggest lifestyle changes that may help reduce the risk of your teeth grinding.
Schedule a Consultation About Bruxism, TMJ, or TMD with Us
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, earaches, or discomfort while chewing, you may be suffering from bruxism, TMJ, or TMD. We can help. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about how we can help you maintain healthy teeth, please contact us by calling 817-473-6227.