Do you ever wake up struggling with a headache? What about jaw pain? Have you noticed a popping noise when you open your mouth or yawn? Do many of your teeth feel overly sensitive lately? If so, you could be struggling from a condition known as bruxism, which is the term for subconscious teeth grinding. Since many people grind their teeth only during sleep, bruxism can be difficult to self-diagnose. Fortunately, bruxism treatment is often simple and effective. For many patients, a custom oral appliance similar to a mouthguard can provide a fast and effective way to prevent further teeth grinding!
What Are the Warning Signs of Bruxism?
Not all patients experience the same symptoms when suffering from bruxism. That said, many patients do suffer from frequent headaches, particularly in the morning when they wake up. They may also struggle with heightened tooth sensitivity, or even pain. Visible wear along the edges of the teeth might also be present, since grinding can lead to excessive wear. Over time, grinding can also lead to a host of jaw-related pains, and even cause Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ as it is commonly called. That said, in some cases, TMJ could actually be the cause of bruxism.
Can a Simple Treatment Help Protect Your Smile?
Fortunately, for many patients, oral appliances similar to the kind of mouthguards worn to protect smiles during athletic events, can help to prevent further bruxism, while also helping to alleviate the discomfort it has caused.
That said, if the damage to the teeth is extensive, restorative treatment might also be necessary. A crown, for instance, could be used to protect damaged teeth that are susceptible to cavities or infection.
In Need of Bruxism Treatment?
Bruxism treatment can help prevent worsening of tooth sensitivity and jaw pain caused by subconscious teeth grinding. You can schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.