Ouch! How Do I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Do you grind your teeth? People that grind their teeth regularly suffer from a disorder known as bruxism. Without treatment, this could lead to serious damage and major complications for your oral health. What can our Independence, MO, patients do to stop grinding their teeth and safeguard their smiles?

What Causes Bruxism?

Many of us occasionally grind our teeth, but what causes a patient to develop bruxism? Factors behind the disorder vary, but often may be the result of stress, tooth loss, malocclusion, misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, or even untreated TMJ disorder. If a significant other doesn’t let you know about your teeth grinding, you may not know you need help. Warning signs to watch for include soreness in the jaw or face, persistent headaches, toothaches and tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, and pain in the neck or shoulders. Don’t ignore these warning signs, as untreated bruxism is often linked to serious complications. See us right away for a diagnosis!

Toothaches and Damage

The constant pressure on your teeth could begin to wear away tooth enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay and even dental infection. You may then notice pain when you eat or bite down, as well as aches that don’t subside. Over time, the disorder could even lead to dental fractures or even chipped teeth.

Stopping Your Bruxism

How do you stop bruxism? First, we will need to examine your smile and assess the wear and friction on your teeth. Form there, we can decide the best course of action. Some patients may benefit from orthodontics to address misalignment or possibly a custom-made restoration to improve the bite balance. However, in many cases we simply offer a custom-made oral appliance. Similar to a mouthguard, the device is worn at night and repositions the jaw to ease any strain. The appliance also prevents further damage by placing a barrier between your teeth. We may also suggest changes to your daily routine, such as making a point to reduce stress or to avoid caffeine products or chewing on hard objects, such a pens or pencils. If you have any questions about stopping teeth grinding, or if you feel you may benefit from an exam, then contact our team today. Don’t let teeth grinding harm your smile, talk to us about possible solutions today!

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

We’re ready to help you find the perfect solution for your teeth grinding troubles. For more information on our preventive dental care, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.