Around here, we take a comprehensive and compassionate approach to dentistry. This includes treating folks who are dealing with problems that stem from teeth grinding and clenching, including bruxism. You see, bruxism that is not diagnosed or treated can result in undue pain suffering, which will only get more intense as time goes on. Keep reading to hear more about this serious dental issue, and more importantly, what this Rochester, MN dentist’s office can do to get you some relief! When you are finished, make sure you follow up and schedule your consultation with Dr. Gores ASAP! To do that, just call Lakeside Dentistry at 507-316-6378.
Popping, Locking & Worse
Here’s the bad news: besides the popping, locking, and various facial pains that are sure to arise, there is also a scary correlation between grinding your teeth and tinnitus (a form of hearing loss). Bruxism can also lead to cracked teeth, and eventually progress to a more severe jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Anyone who has TMJ-related troubles can tell you that this is no way to go through life.
The problem with bruxism-induced grinding is that it normally takes place when you are asleep, so it is hard to consciously regulate the behavior. If you are not sure whether or not you grind your teeth, it is probably time to call us to assess your particular situation.
Treatments For Bruxism/TMJ-Pain
In the dental world, there are a few accepted strategies for treating bruxism and reducing TMJ pain: they mostly involve controlling your stress levels and preventing the contact that is wearing on your teeth.
If your teeth grinding or clenching is related to stress, you may want to seek counseling, exercise, or try relaxation techniques. Quitting tobacco use and cutting back on alcohol and caffeine consumption can also decrease the frequency of the problem. Trying to change behavior and engaging in such things as yoga, meditation will greatly cut down on your stress. You also will need to take a serious look at your professional and personal activities and figure out if it is worth all the stress it adds to your daily existence.
Besides lowering the stresses in your world, professional treatment should always be considered. This is something Dr. Gores can definitely help you with. Our custom-built night guard has been shown to be 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.
Wearing this device will quickly provide some sweet relief since our office takes detailed impressions of your mouth to make sure your mouthpiece fits just right. The best part is that after only a few nights of utilizing the mouthpiece, you will see a reduction in symptoms of bruxism.
If your teeth grinding is caused by bite problems, we can address those, too. Equilibration may be required for especially persistent cases of TMJ disorder. For this treatment, we will create a cast of your teeth and mouth that helps us determine how to correct your bite and relieve pressure on your jaw. We may need to alter the height of one or more of your teeth, using restorative dentistry services such as dental crowns.
The important thing to remember is that, one way or another, we’ll get you smiling big again in the end!
End Your Headaches Today!
Are you tired of your persistent jaw pain or migraine headaches? Then call Lakeside Dentistry today at 507-316-6378!