Is grinding your teeth just a common reaction to stress, or is something more going on? While some people only fall into the habit of clenching their jaw when they are upset, other people will develop a tendency to do so, particularly while they sleep. This frequent grinding problem is known as bruxism, and it can cause real concerns for your oral health. One problem relates to the condition of your teeth. Simply put, you can clench your jaw with enough force to cause damage, and some of that damage is severe enough to require restorative dental care. You can also create issues with your jaw joints, and develop frustrating TMJ problems.
Sometimes, a person with ongoing TMJ problems will start grinding their teeth regularly. In other cases, a person who suffers from bruxism will end up doing harm to their jaw joints, and develop TMJ pain. Your dentist can help if you suffer from one of these conditions, or from both. TMJ and bruxism treatment can come through the aid of a special mouth guard, or oral insert, that will correct the position of your lower jaw, and stop your upper and lower rows of teeth from grinding against each other while you sleep.
Stopping bruxism is important if you want to avoid suffering dental damage. Some patients will discover that they have put enough stress on a tooth to cause a serious chip, or crack, and that they will need restorative care for that tooth. In milder cases, damage can still be significant enough to warrant cosmetic dental treatment.
Teeth grinding can be a frustrating habit, but it can also spell trouble for the condition of your teeth. Your Garland, TX dentist, Dr. Dooley can help you put a stop to this habit, and help address any TMJ discomfort you have been experiencing. To speak with a member of our team and schedule an appointment, fill out a patient form, or contact us today at 972-495-8100. We proudly serve patients from Garland, TX, as well as Richardson, Dallas, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.