Bruxism, or teeth grinding, effects millions of patients. Usually occurring during sleep, bruxism often can often go undiagnosed. Left untreated, grinding teeth during sleep can damage the jaw and teeth. This causes chronic, sometimes debilitating, headaches and facial pain. Baltimore MD dentist, Dr. Byron Desbordes, provides treatment for teeth grinding and clenching to prevent damage, and further side effects to your oral health.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Chronic headaches
- Worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Persistent sensitive teeth
- Pain or tightness in the jaw joints or jaw muscles
- Earache and/or facial pain
- Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek
What Causes Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is commonly a symptom of stress related issues. People frequently grind their teeth during sleep. Clenching your jaw in times of high pressure or stress is also a common cause. It may also be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, bite, or a TMJ disorder. Clenching jaw in sleep can be corrected using custom mouthguards, and other oral appliances. Dr. Desbordes will recommend the appropriate appliance for your bite.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Dr. Desbordes has undergone extensive training for bite alignment through The Spear and Dawson academy. Dr. Desbordes provides personalized treatment planning for those suffering from the side effects of teeth grinding. Through restorative procedures and TMJ treatment, Dr. Desbordes can bring stability to your bite. TMJ/TMD treatments may prevent further damage to your teeth and jaw.
Dr. Desbordes uses a combination of behavioral therapy and oral sleep appliances. They keep the jaw in alignment and protect your teeth during sleep. Many patients find that oral sleep appliances begin to relieve their jaw and facial pain almost immediately. Worn at night, the sleep device is much like a sports mouthguard. The device pushes the lower jaw forward to keep teeth from clenching or grinding.
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