Tired Of Grinding And Clenching?
You might be surprised to learn how many issues we can address in our Oregon City dental practice. We do a whole lot more around here than just help you fight cavities! Maybe that’s why you are here today gathering information from our oral health blog.
Have you been dealing with…
…pain in your neck?
…less than satisfying sleep?
…increased sensitivity in your teeth?
…popping, locking, or clicking in your jaw?
Then you are not alone! At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we have certainly seen our fair share of patients that have what is technically known as bruxism. This night-time teeth grinding and/or clenching can can cause real damage to the teeth and jaw, not to mention repeated interruption of your sleep. As you can imagine, this won’t be very good for you, and the condition will take its toll on your health over time.
Bruxism that is not diagnosed properly and addressed promptly can wreak havoc. It has recently been found that there is a high correlation between grinding your teeth and suffering from tinnitus (a form of hearing loss). Bruxism can also cause lockjaw, cracked teeth, and eventually progress to a more severe jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Imagine applying about 300 pounds of pressure on your teeth nightly. As the teeth wear down from the pressure, your bite necessarily changes, which then affects the positioning of your TMJ.
This might not scare you. However, you will notice the changes because we rely on our TMJ every day while eating, enjoying drinking, talking, laughing, etc. When the TMJ are damaged it can result in big problems for you.
The trouble with bruxism is that it usually happens when you are asleep, so it is hard to consciously take control of the problem. There are two commonly accepted ways to treat bruxism and reduce TMJ pain: control your stress levels and prevent the contact that is wearing on your teeth.
Sincerely trying to change behavior and engaging in such things as yoga, meditation while reducing or cutting out caffeine will greatly cut down on your stress. You will need to take a serious look at your professional and personal activities and figure out if it is all worth the stress it contributes to your daily life.
Beyond that, our custom-built night guard is an effective way to reduce contact. The mouthpiece we create for you does not allow the teeth to touch and it disperses the pressure caused by the clenching or grinding.
This will quickly provide some sweet relief since our office takes detailed impressions of your mouth to make sure your mouthpiece fits just right. The good news is that after only a few nights of wearing the mouthpiece, you will see a reduction in symptoms of bruxism. And soon, life may get back to a normal state.
Grinding is nothing to fool around with! If you grind or clench your teeth, give our office a call today at 503-917-0523 or schedule an appointment using our online form.
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