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Teeth Grinding Relief

Do you habitually grind your teeth?

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching is a condition referred to as bruxism, and it can occur at any age and for various reasons.

Bruxism can lead to tooth wear and breakage, which contributes to altering a person’s bite (occlusion). This, in turn, can result in TMJ disorder, which causes nagging to debilitating symptoms.

It is important to stop bruxism so that the teeth and bite remain in good health. If teeth are repaired, but grinding still occurs, new dental work will become worn and broken.

How we can help: Your dentist can recommend an oral appliance to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.

Many people experience bruxism while sleeping, and, thus, the appliance may be referred to as a nightguard. Many varieties of nightguards are available, and daytime appliances may also be necessary.  In some cases, patients with bruxism also are experiencing sleep apnea.  For mild to moderate sleep apnea, we often can use a special type of night guard when CPAP isn’t an option.

In addition to and in conjunction with appliance therapy, we are using Botox to help alleviate intense muscle contractions in patients with bruxism.

At your consultation, your dentist will assess your tooth wear, recommend treatment options, then rebuild the compromised teeth to restore your bite to the optimal position.

Beachwood Smiles wants to help you with all your dental needs. For more information, please schedule an appointment with Beachwood Smiles, and we will be in touch with you shortly.