Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a dental concern that affects patients of all ages. It can be difficult to self-diagnose because many patients aren’t even aware that they are grinding their teeth. This is because many patients grind their teeth at night, in their sleep. Teeth grinding can be detrimental to the long-term maintenance and development of your smile. Left untreated, teeth grinding can cause dental damages that require extensive restorative dentistry solutions. Our office can help you prevent dental damages caused by teeth grinding with oral appliance therapy. Learn more about how we treat teeth grinding in our Miami, FL dentist office below.
Signs & Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding often occurs when you clench your jaw together in your sleep, pressing your teeth against each other or sometimes rubbing them together unconsciously. When this occurs, your dental structures are placed under unnecessary pressure while you sleep, creating a wide range of issues for your smile. You may wake up with jaw pain, tender teeth, or even experience dental damages like chips or cracks caused by the pressure. Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding to look out for include:
- Jaw pain
- Tension headaches
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Frequent toothaches
- Worn-down teeth
- Unexplained dental damages
If teeth grinding is left untreated, patients may develop a TMJ disorder or chronic jaw pain. It’s important to catch teeth grinding early so that we can treat it using conservative measures. Our office can supply you with a custom made nightguard or a mouthguard that should be worn at night. This is known as oral appliance therapy. The nightguard will hold your jawbone in a healthy resting position as you sleep and ensure that you are not able to damage your teeth at night. Our nightguards are designed with your comfort in mind and can be worn throughout the day as well if you find yourself clenching your jaw together while you work.
TMJ Treatment in Miami, FL
TMJ disorders are common for patients with a history of teeth grinding. Our Miami, FL dentists have the extensive training needed to find the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder and treat it effectively. If you have experienced teeth grinding, jaw pain, or tension headaches, please schedule an appointment with our Miami, FL dentist office today.