Addressing the Problem of Teeth-Grinding
Grinding your teeth may not seem like such a problem now, but it can quickly escalate when the pressure and grinding starts to wear down or damage your teeth. Unfortunately, bruxism describes a condition in which you may not be able to control your teeth-grinding, especially if it occurs most often at night. Coupled with the fact that bruxism is typically caused by another underlying issue, this means that stopping yourself from grinding your teeth requires a personalized dental examination, diagnosis, and treatment recommendation. In many cases, Dr. Burds can help alleviate bruxism with a custom-designed, comfortable oral appliance that keeps your teeth safe while you sleep at night.
The Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism
Simply grinding your teeth once in a while doesn’t necessarily qualify as bruxism. In fact, it’s a common nervous or emotional reaction, especially to stress, and healthy teeth are generally strong enough to withstand it. It becomes a problem when you unconsciously and uncontrollably grind your teeth, and the problem often originates with some sort of disharmony in your bite. TMJ disorder, misaligned teeth, an asymmetrical jawbone, and more can cause your jaw muscles to shift, spasm, and force your teeth together as it tries to get comfortable. In addition to constant, often nighttime grinding, you might also experience:
- Increasing tooth sensitivity
- An imbalanced bite (due to worn down chewing surfaces)
- Chronic headaches and/or jaw pain
- Tooth cracks and fractures
By treating bruxism, you can alleviate tooth sensitivity and discomfort as well as prevent further damage to your teeth.
Find Out if Bruxism Treatment Can Help You
If you grind your teeth constantly, then bruxism treatment may be able to help you avoid significantly damaging your teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Burds and Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.