Jaw Discomfort Treatment in Renton
Expert Treatment for Bruxism or Teeth Grinding
Most people grind and clench their teeth from time to time without any harm to their teeth or jaw. But when teeth grinding, or bruxism, occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise such as jaw discomfort.
The experienced team at Smiles @ Southcenter can help relieve your jaw discomfort. Trust the team that has been treating Tukwila residents for over 20 years.
Do You Suffer from Teeth Grinding?
Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth that often occurs while a person is sleeping. The symptoms of bruxism are many:
- A sore, tired jaw
- Difficulty in opening and closing your mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Earaches or pain in your jaw joint
No matter what is causing your bruxism, it’s important to treat it early on to prevent damage and restore harmony to your mouth.
Potential Dental Problems Caused by Bruxism
Bruxism can cause other dental problems. When you brux, the force on your teeth is many times greater than during normal chewing. These forces can cause:
- Flattened or worn-down teeth
- Teeth chipped at the gumline
- Loose teeth
- Damage to the bone around your teeth
- Damage to your jaw joint
Why is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
Teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening or loss of teeth. The constant grinding can also result in the wear of teeth down to stumps. When these results happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants and partial dentures may be needed to repair the damage.
Teeth grinding can also result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ and a change in the appearance of your face. Though all of the causes of bruxism are not know, stress is often a factor. If this is the case, a variety of stress reduction techniques may be recommended. We may also recommend medication to temporarily reduce stress and relieve pain.
A Biteguard to the Rescue
A common and effective treatment for stopping the damage caused by bruxism is the use of a biteguard while you sleep.
A biteguard is an oral appliance the fits over the top or bottom teeth and protects them from the damage caused by grinding. A custom biteguard, made from models of your teeth, usually offers the best protection.