Bruxism Treatment in New Albany, OH

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When you wake up in the morning, do you find that your jaw and mouth are sore? Do your teeth seem more sensitive than normal? Are you having regular headaches in the morning? These are just a few signs that you might be suffering from bruxism. Many people brux in their sleep without realizing it due to a lack of symptoms or a misattribution of the symptoms.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is commonly referred to as teeth grinding. We all might grind our teeth from time to time because of stress or frustration, but bruxism is typically an unconscious grinding that we don’t notice on our own. A lot of clenching and grinding is involved with bruxism and it usually creates a good deal of noise. The exact causes of bruxism aren’t fully understood, although factors like stress, genetics, and medication are thought to be involved. If left untreated, bruxism can cause some of the following problems:

  • Extreme tooth wear
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Inflammation
  • Restricted Mouth Mobility
  • Regular Headaches
  • Sore Jaw, Teeth, and Mouth

During an appointment at Clark Family Dentistry, if we notice there are signs of damage to your teeth, we might ask you a few questions to determine if teeth grinding is the culprit. If you suspect that you might have bruxism, give us a call or let us know at your next appointment so we can see if you’re displaying signs of teeth grinding. If you have a spouse or someone you trust living with you, ask them to monitor you for a few hours while you sleep to see if they detect any teeth grinding. You can limit the damage done to your teeth by identifying bruxism early on. Early detection can be very helpful in cases of bruxism.

Custom Nightguards

The most common method to treat bruxism is to use a nightguard. By using a nightguard, you can limit the damage done to your teeth from grinding. Not only do nightguards protect your teeth, but they help stabilize your jaw joints to limit grinding. Every patient at Clark Family Dentistry who needs a nightguard receives a custom fitting to ensure that the nightguard they receive fits with their mouth and teeth. Since we create your nightguard from an impression of your teeth, it offers better protection and rests more comfortably in your mouth in comparison to the common one-size-fits-all nightguards that you might see elsewhere.

Come see Dr. Chris Clark and Dr. Beth Clark at our office in New Albany, Ohio, to take care of your dentistry needs. Bruxism can cause lasting damage to your teeth if left untreated. End the headaches and prevent your teeth grinding with a custom fitted nightguard. Contact us today with any questions and make an appointment!