Your dentist in St. Cloud, FL treats many dental conditions, including teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding and clenching, referred to as bruxism, is a serious oral habit that often occurs during sleep. In this case, especially early on, the sufferer may not even know they have the condition until symptoms and complications appear.
Symptoms and Complications of Bruxism
Without treatment, bruxism can lead to severe oral health complications like broken teeth, increased cavities, and even tooth fractures. Bruxism has also been linked to TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).
TMJ means your jaw joint is no longer functioning as it should. This can mean a clicking sound in the joint when chewing, pain, and—in severe cases—a locking jaw joint.
Other symptoms of bruxism and TMJ include:
- Migraine headaches
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
- Face pain
- Neck and shoulder aches
You do not have to have all these symptoms to be diagnosed, which is why regular dental checkups are so critical. During your six-month exam, your dentist can spot the signs of bruxism and TMJ.
As with most conditions, it’s always better to be diagnosed early and start treatment sooner rather than later.
Bruxism Treatment in St. Cloud, FL
Your dentist does not want you to suffer pain or tooth fractures, which is why we offer bruxism therapy.
Treatments may include a specialized mouthguard that prevents nighttime teeth grinding. This appliance can also help with TMJ.
Additional therapies may include stress-relieving exercises recommended by your physician or dentist. Bruxism is sometimes related to stress.
No matter the recommended therapy, your dentist will work with you to find a solution that best fits your needs.
You Don’t Have to Live with Bruxism Pain and Complications
If you suspect bruxism or if it’s time for your dental checkup, we encourage you to reach out to a dental staff member today to schedule your next appointment.