Do you wake up with headaches, or facial and jaw pain?
If you experience frequent headaches in the morning or have chronic facial and jaw pain, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Teeth grinding, commonly referred to as bruxism, is a habitual habit that many patients may not realize they have. Bruxism most frequently occurs while the patient is sleeping but may also occur or increase during times of high stress or anxiety. Teeth grinding can lead to complex dental health and functional concerns of the bite and jaw.
Teeth grinding can often go undiagnosed until subsequent dental health concerns begin to develop. If you visit Dr. Dham regularly, she may be able to spot signs of excessive tooth wear during your routine dental exams. Patients commonly are unaware they grind their teeth until someone tells them that they do, or until a dentist gives a thorough diagnosis. Patients who grind their teeth commonly develop gum and tooth damage as secondary conditions to bruxism.
These dental health concerns can be caused by habitual teeth grinding:
- TMJ disorders
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Occlusal damage and pain
- Myofascial pain
- Excessively worn teeth
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
Ending The Grind
Patients who grind their teeth often suffer for many years with chronic pain or poor oral health. Dr. Dham helps patients treat the underlying causes of their oral health concerns to help build a stable and lasting oral foundation. All patients are treated on an individual basis and will undergo thorough bite analysis. Treatment will vary depending on the secondary dental health concerns patients may be experiencing due to years of chronic bruxism. Dr. Dham will work to restore the health and stability of the gums and teeth through a combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
Treatment Options for Bruxism
Westside Dental Center offers treatment options to restore your smile from the effects caused by habitual teeth grinding. Oral sleep appliances are often recommended for use in treating bruxism to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. An oral sleep appliance is similar to a sports mouthguard. Custom designed, the device is discreet and fits snugly in your mouth for optimal comfort and higher compliance rates than over the counter options. The oral sleep appliance readjusts the position of the jaw and prevents the upper and lower jaw from grinding together during sleep. Oral sleep appliances have proven success at preventing bruxism. Many patients report feeling nearly immediate relief from painful symptoms after only a few nights of use.
AREAS WE SERVE
Dr. Dham is a highly trained, experienced and compassionate dentist serving patients in Plantation, FL and surrounding communities at Westside Dental Center. We take a personal and comprehensive approach to dental care, helping patients restore their smiles under one roof. We invite patients from communities in and around Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Sun Rise, and Davie to visit us at our patient-focused dental care practice. To learn how comprehensive, personalized dentistry can help improve your smile, contact us at (954) 251-0640 or request a consultation online.