Chronic teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, isn’t just a nuisance. It’s a habit that can cause real damage to your teeth.
Signs of Teeth Grinding
One of the tricky things about bruxism is that it might not be apparent to you that you are dealing with it. That’s because most, though not all, patients who grind their teeth grind and clench their teeth while they’re sleeping. However, there are plenty of symptoms that are noticeable during the daytime. Teeth grinding can cause wear to the surface of the tooth, breaking or chipping of the tooth, loose teeth, pain and sensitivity, sore or stiff jaw muscles, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, morning headaches, damage to the cheek, and sleep problems.
Treatment for Bruxism
Common causes of teeth grinding include stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Talk to your primary care provider about treatment options.
While you’re figuring out the root cause of your bruxism, it’s important that you protect your teeth with a custom-fitted nightguard. While a nightguard can’t stop you from teeth grinding, it will protect your teeth and jaw from damage. This extra thick oral appliance will provide a barrier between your teeth while you sleep. The appliance will absorb the impact from teeth grinding and clenching, protecting your teeth and jaw from excessive force and overuse.
We can also help if you have already experienced broken or chipped teeth from teeth grinding. Our office offers a variety of restorative and cosmetic services, including dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Veneers are best on the front teeth, while dental crowns are typically for the molars.
Oral Appliance Therapy in Fort Smith, AR
Here at Southern Dental Fort Smith, we can fit you with a custom oral appliance that will keep your teeth safe if you grind your teeth during sleep. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!