Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is a condition that many children and even some adults suffer from. Caused by a variety of circumstances, this extreme clenching or grinding of the teeth can lead to damaged enamel, misaligned teeth, and other issues with the jaw, joints, and teeth.
Luckily, we are able to provide our patients of all ages with therapy for Bruxism. Correcting this condition can eliminate further oral health problems. This saves our patients from unnecessary pain and discomfort while also saving them time and money.
The first step to creating a treatment plan for your Bruxism is determining the underlying cause. Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, anxiety, tension, sleep disorders, or even misaligned teeth. Once we determine the cause of your Bruxism, we are able to treat it more effectively.
Although it may not seem like a serious condition, Bruxism can lead to involved dental procedures if left unaddressed. Extreme cases of Bruxism cause excessive wear and tear to the enamel of the tooth. This can lead to cracking or fractures, and even the eventual loss of a tooth! Because of this, it is important to treat Bruxism with the help of a trained professional.
Many of the patients we see at Magnolia Family Dental Care experience Bruxism while they sleep. Because of this, they may notice the symptoms of Bruxism such as jaw pain and tenderness before realizing their origin. We assess each of our patients for signs of Bruxism during their biannual dental exams. In this way, we are able to treat patients dealing with Bruxism before it leads to more serious dental health issues.
There are several ways that we treat Bruxism at Magnolia Family Dental Care. Once we determine the cause of your Bruxism, we are able to recommend a course of treatment that will address the root of the problem.
For many of our patients who experience Bruxism while they are sleeping, we design a custom mouthguard. Wearing this mouth guard at night prevents clenching and grinding of the teeth, and can eventually dissipate the habit.
We may also recommend a series of Bruxism exercises to practice while you are awake. This is a common way to treat Bruxism that occurs due to stress, anger, or anxiety. Simple exercises such as strategic positioning of your tongue can greatly reduce teeth grinding or clenching.
If we believe your Bruxism is caused by a misalignment of your teeth, we will work with you to correct those issues while addressing the damage that has already been caused by grinding.
At Magnolia Family Dental Care, we believe in thoroughly educating our patients. By working with you to discuss lifestyle and habit changes, we can work towards eliminating Bruxism and its impact on your oral health.
Bruxism can be a frustrating condition, both in you or someone you love. The damage that can be caused by grinding or clenching your teeth excessively can lead to involved and expensive dental procedures. However, with the help of our professional team, you can experience relief from the effects of Bruxism on your oral health. Contact Magnolia Family Dental Care today and work towards freedom from Bruxism!
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