Do you often wake up with a sore jaw, or has your significant other mentioned that they hear grinding or clenching noises coming from your mouth at night? It is possible that you are suffering from bruxism, which is otherwise simply called teeth grinding. Left unaddressed, this problem can lead to serious consequences for your oral health. On this page, we discuss why bruxism is so dangerous, what might cause it, and how Dr. Feit can help you find relief.
Teeth are extremely durable, and their enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, they can suffer serious damage when they continually grind against one another. The enamel may get worn away, and the teeth may even break altogether. Even if the teeth do not break, other complications, such as gum recession and extreme dental sensitivity, may occur.
The consequences of bruxism are not strictly constrained to the mouth. You could also experience headaches and pain in the muscles of your face and neck. TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) may also occur.
Bruxism can have a number of different causes, including:
If you suffer from teeth grinding at night, you cannot simply train yourself to stop. You will need professional help. When you visit Dr. Feit, he will be quick to recognize signs and symptoms of bruxism. He will talk to you about how you are feeling and make a thorough examination of your teeth and jaw. He will also try to pinpoint why you are experiencing bruxism before he makes a treatment recommendation.
Oftentimes, a nightguard is the best way to end bruxism and stop it from causing further damage. A nightguard is simply a small, custom-made oral appliance that places a barrier between the teeth, thus preventing them from harming one another while you sleep. It can also help your stressed facial muscles to relax and may even reduce the number of headaches that you experience.
But what if your teeth have already experienced some damage due to bruxism? Dr. Feit is an experienced restorative dentist and prosthodontist. He can design a treatment plan to help you regain full dental function.
Are you concerned about bruxism, or would you like to learn more about how Dr. Feit and our team can help you find relief? Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.