Dental Appliances for Treating Bruxism
By Liberty Tree Prosthodontics
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth grinding   Bruxism  

Is grinding your teeth causing some serious problems? Find out how we can help.bruxism

Has our Danvers, MA, prosthodontist, Dr. Mahshid Mirghassemi, recently told you that you grind your teeth? Perhaps you never even noticed that you do it. It’s fairly common for people to grind their teeth while sleeping, a habit that is difficult to break. Of course, bruxism can really wear away at enamel and damage teeth in the long run. To prevent this, we offer up an oral appliance that can be worn to protect teeth from the effects of teeth grinding.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

While most won’t even know that they are dealing with bruxism, there are certain warning signs including:

  • Painful or sore jaws
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Tight jaw muscles
  • Facial pain and discomfort
  • Broken dental fillings or injuries to teeth

If you notice any of these issues it’s always best to play it safe and see our Danvers cosmetic dentist about ways to treat this bad habit and protect your smile.

How is bruxism treated?

There are a variety of measures one can take, depending on the cause of their bruxism. Perhaps you are stressed out, which can lead you to clench or grind your jaws together. If this is the case, you may want to talk to a mental health professional about ways to ease your stress whether through medication or lifestyle changes.

Of course, there are certain dental problems that could also be causing teeth grinding. Maybe your teeth aren’t in the proper alignment. If this is the problem, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of orthodontic treatment to fix the issue.

In a lot of cases we may just recommend a custom bite splint that you can wear over your teeth to protect them while you sleep. By wearing this tailor-made device every night you can protect teeth from the wear and tear associated with this unpleasant but common habit.

Do you have questions about getting bruxism treatment in Danvers, MA? Want to find out if this oral appliance is right for you? Then call our office and book a consultation with us to learn more.

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