Worn down incisal enamel edges
Protective oral appliance
Many people are affected by clenching their jaws and grinding their teeth during sleep or awake time. They may be aware or unaware of making this harmful habit. This problem is called bruxism. Bruxism may damage tooth enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate the jaw muscles and jaw joint leading to pain and jaw dysfunctions. In some cases, there are no significant jaw joint or facial muscle symptoms. Others may notice their teeth appearing worn, chipped, cracked, fractured, or even broken. Also, bruxers may arise from the bed in the morning with the facial, jaw, or even head pain.
The effects of bruxism
It's not easy to tell if you have bruxism since it occurs while you're asleep. Friends or family members may mention that they've seen you grinding your teeth or you might wake up in the middle of the night and notice that you're clenching your jaw.
Grinding your teeth is very damaging to your oral health and can:
- Chip or break teeth, dental crowns, veneers, and other restorations
- Wear away your tooth enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin layer of your teeth
- Cause tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks
- Trigger pain in your teeth, face, jaw, and ears
- Create sores inside your cheeks
- Loosen teeth and dental implants
- Cause headaches and jaw stiffness
Treating bruxism reduces the patient’s risk of dental damage, costly treatment options, and uncomfortable symptoms. At Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea, we offer specially designed oral appliances to protect the smile from clenching and grinding while also relieving the symptoms often associated with it. In addition to oral appliances, we provide other adjunctive treatments such as low-level laser therapy, electromedicine, ultrasound therapy, manipulative muscle care, and therapeutic drug injection. Schedule Bruxism Treatment in Boca Raton Today by calling (561) 391-5331