Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time.

Occasional teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. Our Midwest City dental office provides treatment for just such a cause.

One will only know if he or she suffers from bruxism if the symptoms of teeth grinding appear.  The symptoms of this condition vary greatly with the cause. Some or all of the symptoms may appear. So, if your roommate tells you that you clench your teeth in your sleep, don’t put it aside.

Teeth grinding symptoms can vary from mild annoyances to major issues that require a dental professional’s attention. The big issue among dental professionals is bruxism’s advancing impact: It’s not one day of clenching or gnashing that’s the problem, it’s the years of this behavior that wear down your teeth, triggering the need for significant dental treatment. Side effects include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth pain
  • Wearing away of teeth and enamel
  • Fracturing of teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Aching jaw
  • Recurring headaches
  • Loosening of teeth from the gums
  • Developing jaw joint conditions

It may also create sore muscles in the face, head, and neck. At Precision Dental Center, we offer custom-made night guards that are designed to avoid damage to the teeth when grinding during sleep. The night guard also helps in easing stress and strain on the muscles around the jaws, face, head, and neck. Impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth and sent out to a dental laboratory where the night guard is made. At a second visit, the client is fitted with the night guard and modifications are made to accommodate the client’s bite and convenience.

Other treatment may be necessary if bruxism has caused teeth to be worn, including:

There is no cure for bruxism, but it can be handled. By using a custom-made night guard, using pain management tactics, and strengthening the jaw with exercises, sufferers can minimize the signs and annoyances of teeth grinding and avoid significant dental work.

Dentists are bruxism’s first line of experts. They are the people who can confirm whether you are actively teeth grinding or not. To know for sure, our Oklahoma dental professionals will perform a series of checks and exams with you upon your next visit. A diagnosis of tooth grinding will be given at our dental clinic.

For further information, simply contact Precision Dental Center today!

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