Do you suffer from bruxism? This refers to the persistent grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. You may be wondering, “How do I stop grinding my teeth?” Fortunately, there are treatment options. In fact, our office offers a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option for patients who grind their teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Grinding Your Teeth
Question: What causes bruxism?
Answer: There are actually several possible factors that can lead to persistent teeth grinding. One of the more common causes is stress. Other possible causes include tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, malocclusion, or TMJ disorder. Understanding what caused your bruxism is key to recommending the most appropriate treatment options.
Question: Do I need treatment?
Answer: Unfortunately, in most cases people with bruxism only grind their teeth at night, which means unless someone else tells them about it they may have no idea they need treatment. However, there are a number of symptoms that can occur during the day, including headaches, jaw pain, toothaches/tooth sensitivity, earaches, and discomfort in the neck or shoulders.
Question: What happens if the issue is ignored?
Answer: Without treatment, chronic grinding can wear away enamel and even crack or chip a tooth, exposing sensitive inner tissues to bacteria. Patients then have a higher risk of tooth decay, infection, and even tooth loss in advanced cases.
Question: What does treatment involve?
Answer: Typically the doctor will offer a custom-made oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a nightguard, the device actually places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to reduce grinding episodes and prevent further damage to the teeth.
ABOUT YOUR IRVING AND GRAND PRAIRIE, TX DENTISTS
Dr. Kalpesh Patel, Dr. Jason Strickland, and the talented staff at Active Dental make every patient feel as though they are family. We want you to look forward to visiting our office. In addition to the highly-personalized treatment we provide, our office is also packed with amenities (like Netflix during your treatment!) and is designed with a strong focus on patient comfort. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Strickland, call Active Dental in Irving, TX today at 972-556-0600, or in Grand Prairie, TX at 972-606-2999.