Teeth Grinding And Clenching Solutions | Plainville, CT
- January 4, 2017
Was 2016 a rough year for you on account of dental-related issues that went undiagnosed or untreated? If so, you may be looking for a dentist who can alleviate your headaches, pain in your neck, less than satisfying sleep, increased sensitivity in your teeth, and popping, locking, or clicking in your jaw. In that case, our Plainville, CT dentist’s office is exactly where you will want to come for answers and solutions.
Our leader, Dr. Peltzer, knows just how to handle your night-time teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) before it runs wild and causes some serious damage to your teeth and jaws.
Keep reading, and then be sure to schedule your next appointment at Gentle Dental Care!
Bruxism Wears On You
Here’s the deal: bruxism that is not diagnosed properly and addressed promptly can completely disrupt your life. Consider this: there is a very real correlation between grinding your teeth and suffering from tinnitus (a form of hearing loss). Bruxism can also cause lockjaw, cracked teeth, and eventually progress to a more severe jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
The trouble with bruxism is that it usually happens when you are asleep, so it is hard to consciously take control of the problem. If you are not sure whether or not you grind your teeth, it is a good idea to talk to your sleep partner about the sounds you make while you are asleep.
Treatment Is Possible
There are two commonly accepted ways to treat bruxism and reduce TMJ pain: control your stress levels and prevent 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. Cutting out tobacco and decreasing alcohol and caffeine intake 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 life.
The other option is professional treatment. This is something we know plenty about. 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.
This will quickly provide some sweet relief since our office takes detailed impressions of your mouth to make sure your mouthpiece fits just right. The good news is that after only a few nights of wearing the mouthpiece, you will see a reduction in symptoms of bruxism. Soon enough, life will get back to a normal state.
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.
Get Out Of The Daily Grind!
Grinding is nothing to take lightly! If you grind or clench your teeth, give our office a call today at 860-479-2397!