Treating Bruxism In Oregon City, OR
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Have you experienced…
…headaches and migraines?
…pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders?
…sensitivity in your teeth?
…popping, locking, or clicking in your jaw?
If that sounds like you, then you might be dealing with a condition known as bruxism.
The Daily Grind
Teeth grinding, or clenching, is a widespread phenomenon that impacts millions of folks in the U.S. each year.
Known in dental circles as bruxism and normally occurring during your sleep-time, teeth grinding or clenching can can cause major damage to the teeth and jaw as well as disruption of your much-needed sleep.
Besides the aforementioned symptoms, another telltale sign of clenching is when there is noticeable wear in the teeth that are situated in the front of your mouth. When you are dealing with bruxism, you can actually see your front teeth shorten over the years, and in certain situations, your teeth can even break. That will not be fun for you!
But wait, it gets worse! Untreated bruxism can eventually lead to a more serious jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). As the teeth wear down, your bite changes, which then affects the positioning of your TMJ. This might not sound like such a big deal but we use our TMJ every day while breaking bread, enjoying a beverage, conversing with friends, laughing at a joke, and so forth. When the TMJ are damaged it can result in serious trouble for you.
Dental Solutions For Bruxism In Oregon City
The trouble with bruxism is that it usually happens when you are asleep, so it is hard to consciously take control of the problem.
For some folks, bruxism can actually be treated with relaxation techniques, since stress and tension are known to be a contributing factor in clenching and grinding.
The good news is that, for patients who cannot control their grinding or clenching, we can design a custom-made mouthguard that will take the pressure off of your teeth while you are asleep.
The mouthpiece does not allow the teeth to touch and disperses the pressure caused by the clenching or grinding. This will provide some much needed relief since our office takes detailed impressions of your mouth to make sure your mouthpiece fits perfectly.
Fortunately, after only a few nights of wearing the mouthpiece, you will see a reduction in symptoms of bruxism. With any luck, life will soon return to normal for you!
Take The Next Step!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s blog post to take the next step!
If you grind or clench your teeth, give our office a call at 503-917-0523 or schedule an appointment using our online form. We can’t wait to help you reclaim your normal life.
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