Teeth Grinding Treatments in Yukon or OKC
Stop Grinding Your Teeth at Night!
Why do people grind their teeth at night?
The number one cause of tooth grinding is stress. However, it can also be caused by an abnormal bite, missing teeth, or a crooked smile. Other medical conditions, like acid reflux and certain medications, can also lead to grinding.
Tooth grinding, also called bruxism, is characterized as clenching your jaw together and moving your teeth back and forth during sleep. This action typically causes a rough, scraping noise and can cause you to wake up with a headache or a sore jaw.
If you think you’re grinding your teeth at night, it’s important to seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.
Teeth grinding hurts your health
Grinding your teeth isn’t just an annoying habit, it can cause big problems for your dental health.
- TMJ disorder — Grinding your teeth exerts up to 5 times the normal force on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), causing chronic pain and joint deterioration
- Enamel loss & more — The forces of grinding and clenching your teeth can be up to 800 pounds per square inch! The result is worn enamel, chipped teeth, and lost facial structure.
- Head and neck pain — People with bruxism often suffer from frequent migraines and tension headaches.
Be on the lookout for the symptoms of bruxism
You may not even notice that you’re grinding your teeth at night. Sometimes it may be loud enough to wake up a partner, but other signs to watch for include:
- Flattened, fractured, or chipped teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth pain and sensitivity
- Tired, tight, or stiff jaw muscles
- Jaw, neck, or face pain or soreness
- Dull headache starting in the temples
- Frequent migraines
What can you do to stop tooth grinding?
Mouth guards are custom-made just for you and worn at night over your upper or lower teeth. This device prevents you from clenching and grinding your teeth. Keep in mind that boil-and-bite guards from retailers like Amazon will not give you the results you need. In fact, they often do more harm than good.
If the cause of your bruxism is related to your bite, occlusal equilibration or orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Occlusal equilibration is a gentle procedure aimed at adjusting your teeth so your upper and lower teeth meet evenly all the way around. Orthodontic treatments vary from braces to aligners.
Addressing and relieving stress in your day-to-day life is often advised. From adopting breathing and relaxation techniques to smoking cessation and working with a physical therapist — your dentist may recommend a variety of lifestyle changes to stop tooth grinding.
Talk to a dentist about tooth grinding.
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Don’t have dental insurance? That’s no problem. Our office offers a new patient special for those seeking treatment for bruxism.
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4301 NW 63rd St., Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
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