Dealing with bruxism means dealing with chronic jaw pain, and facing the risk of significant dental damage. Because people affected by bruxism are grinding their teeth unconsciously, you may not immediately link ongoing issues like facial pain and dental sensitivity with this issue. What you should know is that patients often grind their teeth at night – waking up to discomfort can be an indicator you have been grinding your teeth. Your dentist can help you manage this problem. If you have suffered dental damage already, they can discuss the appropriate action. Some patients will need restorative dental work, though others may only need cosmetic work to hide damage.
Taking Action To Stop You From Grinding Your Teeth
Your dentist can help you manage bruxism, and TMJ dysfunction, which is often associated with it. Patients seeking help can be outfitted with a custom oral appliance that they wear during the night. The appliance will keep your teeth separated, so you are totally prevented from grinding. It can be designed to correct the position of your TMJs (your temporomandibular joints) – the force of teeth grinding can leave them out of alignment, causing discomfort.
Providing Care To Address Dental Damage
For existing damage, your dentist can recommend the right course of action based on the level of harm already suffered. If there are concerns that your teeth need restorative care, you may need a dental crown for certain teeth. A root canal can be required if the impact of grinding has lead to internal troubles. If the issues you are facing are more minor, cosmetic dental work can hide these flaws, so you have no concerns about an adverse effect on your looks.
Talk To Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury If You Need To Address Bruxism
Take bruxism seriously. If you are suffering this problem, you face the risk of serious damage to your teeth, and lasting problems with your jaw joints. The team at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury can work to address the matter, and help you with any issues it may have created. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizzi, Dr. Mehdi, and colleagues by calling our office at (508) 842-8838. Located in Shrewsbury, MA, we are proud to work with patients from Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all neighboring areas.