What Can Be Done About Bruxism?
- April 23, 2017
At Gentle Dental Care, we are experts at helping fearful patients improve their oral health as well as the appearance of their teeth and gums, all while keeping them completely relaxed and comfortable. As such, Dr. Peltzer is known in the Central Connecticut area for his compassionate approach to dentistry. This extends to treating folks who are dealing with problems that stem from grinding and clenching, including bruxism.
Bruxism that is not diagnosed or treated can make for a lot of suffering, which will only get more intense as time goes on. Besides the popping, locking, and various facial pains that are sure to arise, there is also a correlation between grinding your teeth and tinnitus (a form of hearing loss). Bruxism can also lead to cracked teeth, and eventually progress to a more severe jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Anyone who has TMJ-related troubles can tell you that this is no way to go through life.
The problem with bruxism-induced grinding is that it normally takes place when you are asleep, so it is hard to consciously regulate the behavior. If you are not sure whether or not you grind your teeth, it is probably a good idea to schedule a consultation with Dr. Peltzer ASAP! That way, we can figure out exactly what is going on and what we can do to get you some relief.
Treatments For Bruxism/TMJ-Pain
In the dental world, there are two readily accepted strategies for treating bruxism and reducing TMJ pain: controlling your stress levels and preventing the contact that is wearing on your teeth.
If your teeth grinding or clenching is related to stress, you may want to seek counseling, exercise, or try relaxation techniques. Quitting tobacco use and cutting back on alcohol and caffeine consumption can also decrease the frequency of the problem. Trying to change behavior and engaging in such things as yoga, meditation will greatly cut down on your stress. You also will need to take a serious look at your professional and personal activities and figure out if it is worth all the stress it adds to your daily existence.
Besides lowering the stresses in your world, professional treatment should always be considered. This is something Dr. Peltzer can definitely help you with. Our custom-built night guard has been shown to be an effective way to reduce contact. The mouthpiece we create for you does not allow the teeth to touch and it disperses the pressure caused by the clenching or grinding.
Wearing this device will quickly provide some sweet relief since our office takes detailed impressions of your mouth to make sure your mouthpiece fits just right. The best part is that after only a few nights of utilizing the mouthpiece, you will see a reduction in symptoms of bruxism.
If your teeth grinding is caused by bite problems, we can address those, too, by using crowns and onlays to correct the biting surfaces of your teeth. Once treated properly, the outlook is very good for patients with bruxism.
End Your Grinding Nightmare!
We hope that you have been inspired to get some relief. If you grind or clench your teeth, give our Plainville, CT dentist’s office a call today at 860-479-2397!