If you often grind your teeth at night, the Pro Smile Dental Care team in Danville, CA can help. Although nocturnal teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) seems like a harmless habit, it can lead to chronic pain and long-term health issues that interfere with your life.
Signs You Grind Your Teeth At Night
- You have chronic tooth sensitivity or pain.
- Your ears or temples often ache.
- You wake up with sore jaw muscles.
- You get frequent tension headaches.
- Your tooth enamel is thin, despite good dental hygiene.
How Is Bruxism Treated?
At Pro Smile Dental Care, we can create a customized treatment plan in order to treat your tooth grinding, depending on how long you’ve had the condition, how severe it is, and how much damage it has caused. Some options that our dentists might recommend may include:
- Mouth Guards
- Muscle Relaxers
- Anti-Anxiety Medication
- Botox Injections
- Surgical Interventions
Mouthguards are one of the simplest ways to protect your tooth enamel if you suffer from bruxism. It’s best to invest some extra money in a custom mouth guard because an ill-fitting over-the-counter mouth guard can actually worsen your jaw pain. A dentist can examine your mouth and recommend a product that is tailored to your unique dental needs.
Muscle Relaxers & Botox
Muscle relaxers and Botox injections can help limit teeth grinding by targeting specific muscle groups located in the cheeks, jaws, and neck that are known to cause unconscious clenching and grinding.
Occasionally, dentists may recommend anxiety medication or antidepressants to treat bruxism, since chronic anxiety and stress can exacerbate the condition.
In severe cases, surgery might be necessary to fix the tooth and jaw damage caused by years of tooth grinding. However, most cases can be treated using non-invasive means.
Tooth Grinding Treatment In California
If you’re trying to stop grinding your teeth or need help to fix damage caused by years of grinding, Pro Smile Dental Care can help. Our caring family dentist will work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan in order to relieve your discomfort and correct pre-existing damage. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.