Treatments For The Triple Threat: Bruxism, Grinding, & TMJ
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Treatments For The Triple Threat: Bruxism, Grinding, & TMJ

  • October 24, 2016

Did you know that, if you have been experiencing pain in your neck, jaw, head, and so forth, your troubles could actually be rooted in dental issues? True story! That’s why you will want to schedule a consultation with our leader, Dr. Peltzer, sooner than later so that our Plainville, CT dental team can get to the bottom of it.

Along those lines, in today’s edition of the Gentle Dental Care blog, we want to talk about bruxism.

Bruxism is the technical for grinding or clenching your teeth. This condition can wear down and damage teeth, break restorations, cause TMJ-related disorders, and bring about severe headaches and those other pains we mentioned.

How Does It Happen?

Stress is often the reason for Bruxism. That means we are probably all at-risk.

Misaligned teeth or having an improper bite, can also add to the problem. Less common causes of bruxism can include certain neurological disorders, sports injuries or other trauma, and unintended side-effects from pharmaceuticals.

It’s A Real Problem

Teeth grinding has become a serious issue (dental or otherwise) in the U.S. and it is extremely common, much more common than most patients even know.

Often it shows up as a little bit of wear and tear on the teeth, in which case we alert the patient right away that it seems like they are grinding their teeth and wearing down their enamel.

Most of the time they aren’t even aware this is happening because it all takes place at night while they are fast asleep. When this is the case, we normally recommend that they have a nightguard (aka bruxism appliance) made to stop the damage.

The nightguards we use for treatment of bruxism are clear acrylic appliances that fit comfortably over your teeth. It doesn’t so exactly stop the behavior. But the cool thing is that, when you grind, the acrylic material of the appliance wears down gradually over time rather than quickly wearing away your tooth enamel, which cannot really be replaced like a mouthguard can.

Find Treatment Right Away

Not to sound too alarmist, but if this condition is not treated ASAP, it can evolve over time into a much more intense situation that may well necessitate a full mouth rehabilitation.

At that juncture, we’ll have to talk about crowns and bridges and all those kinds of things designed to fix your teeth as opposed to the more conservative strategies that could be executed earlier on, such as a nighttime appliance.

A true believer in these appliances, Dr. Peltzer has even worn them himself. Keep in mind: it does take a couple of days to get used to wearing them, but after that, it becomes a normal feeling to have them in at night.

The nice thing is that once you get your appliance, your daytime headaches will soon subside, and you’ll be able to live a happy, healthy life again.

Why Not Start Today?

Contact us now to discuss treatment for bruxism, grinding, or TMJ/TMD. Call the Gentle Dental Care team at 860-479-2397, and we’ll make it happen!

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