Bruxism, which is also referred to as teeth grinding, refers to the clenching of the teeth together tightly or rubbing them against each other. Many people grind their teeth on occasion, but for some, the severity is such that their oral health could be affected. Teeth grinding can happen during the day, but it can also happen while you are asleep. Because of this, you may not know that you have bruxism.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, Drs. Chamberland and White may recommend treatment for teeth grinding in Shelbyville, Tennessee:
– Jaw pain
– Facial pain
– Morning headaches
– Loose dental restorations
– Worn teeth
– Cracked teeth
Night guards are custom-made pieces of plastic that cover the top or bottom set of teeth (or sometimes both). They help protect your teeth from the force of clenching and prevent the molars from grinding. This helps protect your teeth from damage. Our dentists can fit you for a night guard at our office to protect your smile.
Other solutions for bruxism may also be suggested by our dentists. Malocclusion (crooked teeth or a misaligned bite) is often a contributor to teeth grinding. Orthodontic treatment may be suggested to remedy the problem. As stress can contribute to bruxism, we may suggest that you practice relaxation methods like meditation or muscle relaxation to help you stop clenching your teeth. Caffeine and some medications can also contribute to teeth grinding. Tell Drs. Chamberland and White about any medication that you are taking and consider limiting caffeine in your diet.
To learn more and to schedule your next visit, contact Chamberland Dentistry at 931-684-9167 today. We look forward to seeing you!