Teeth grinding, aka bruxism, can wreak havoc on your smile. Not only can it cause unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth, but it can also cause jaw pain and chronic headaches. If you’re sick and tired of grinding your teeth, read more to see what treatments are available.
One of the best ways to protect your smile from the side effects of bruxism is a custom fitted nightguard. This plastic appliance is tailor-made for your smile, so it fits comfortably and securely on your teeth. Worn while you are sleeping, a nightguard acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, reducing the risk of damage to your smile. The device also absorbs some of the excessive force that the act of grinding can place on your jaw. Just pop your nightguard in before bed and sleep well knowing that your smile is well protected!
Sometimes bruxism can be caused by a misaligned bite. When your upper and lower teeth don’t line up properly, they may overlap in a way that exacerbates grinding. In cases like these, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to address the problem.
A common cause of teeth grinding is stress. Try incorporating some stress-relieving practices into your daily routine to minimize the likelihood of grinding. You might consider limiting caffeine, meditating, stretching, or doing relaxation exercises.
Nightguards & TMJ/TMD Therapy in San Antonio, Texas
Left untreated, teeth grinding can cause TMJ disorder, a condition that affects the jaw joint and leads to discomfort and pain. If you think you suffer from bruxism and TMJ disorder, call Chandler Dental Center for a consultation. We can fit you with a custom mouthguard and determine the best course of action to address your TMJ issues. Don’t live with jaw pain any longer, schedule an appointment with us today!
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