Custom Solutions to Stop Grinding Teeth
A tendency to grind your teeth could lead to a wide range of potential dental concerns, especially when you don’t even realize that you’re doing it. Often known as bruxism, such a tendency is often more of a condition – one that forces you to constantly grind your teeth together unconsciously and uncontrollably. While bruxism isn’t as common as other dental health concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease, it’s more common than many people realize. Fortunately, we may be able to help you treat your bruxism and protect your teeth from the force of grinding with a comfortable, custom-designed appliance.
A brief look at bruxism
Bruxism isn’t the same as occasional teeth-grinding. If you clench your teeth in anger, pain, anxiety, or stress, then it’s likely just one of a few isolated instances. On the contrary, bruxism is the constant and uncontrollable grinding of your teeth, and it can occur throughout the day or, for many patients, most often at night. The causes of bruxism can vary, and may include excessive stress or an imbalance in your bite that makes it difficult for your jaw muscles to rest properly. You might also experience teeth-grinding most often while you sleep and your jaw finds it difficult to rest comfortably.
What you might experience
Diagnosing your bruxism and its exact cause will require a thorough, professional examination at our office. However, you might experience a few distinctive symptoms that could indicate that you have bruxism. For example, chronic teeth-grinding can lead to increasingly more sensitive teeth as the pressure wears them down, or a change in how your bite feels when you bite down and your teeth meet each other. The problem with bruxism is that you might not notice the grinding itself due to it occurring most often at night. Yet, if you’re diligent about keeping up with your good oral health, then you’ll be more likely to take note of the signs that bruxism might be present.
Ask us about a bruxism appliance
Teeth-grinding is serious when you do it consistently, and treating it could be vital to your long-term oral health. To find out if a bruxism appliance can help save your teeth, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.