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Dental Glossary: Bruxism

April 30, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Heather Gentry
Dental Pain After Sleep | Bruxism Treatment Charlotte NC

Do you ever wake up with a headache? Do your teeth feel tender when you bite or chew? Do you even notice popping or clicking in your jaw joint? Are your teeth showing signs of wear? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from bruxism in Charlotte, NC, otherwise known as teeth grinding.

The Damage Caused by Bruxism

Grinding your teeth may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause a host of issues with your oral health. You may suffer from excessive wear of your teeth, which would need to be built back up and strengthened with restorations such as dental crowns or veneers.

It can also cause problems with your jaw, which can result in painful headaches or tenderness when you eat and chew.

In some cases, it causes severe issues with your jaw joint or temporomandibular joint. This can result in your jaw locking open or closed or popping or clicking of the joint. TMJ issues can be quite debilitating and may greatly affect your quality of life, so it's important to treat joint issues as soon as possible.

How is Bruxism Treated?

If you find yourself suffering from bruxism, Dr. Gentry can help. She can craft a customized mouth guard that you will wear at night while you sleep. It's comfortable to wear and will help your jaw relax, which often prevents bruxism. The mouth guard fits over your teeth, which also protects them from the damage and wear caused by grinding your teeth.

If you suspect that you might suffer from bruxism, discuss your concerns with Dr. Gentry at your next routine examination. She can determine if a night guard would be beneficial for your needs.

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