Do you wake up with headaches or jaw pain?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common dental concern that affects the health and function of the jaw. Bruxism commonly occurs during sleep and can be misdiagnosed. Treating bruxism can prevent damage to your teeth and jaw allowing for a more healthy and comfortable bite. Bruxism is a habit that can damage the health of your teeth, jaw, and gums. Smile Artists can help prevent teeth grinding and repair broken or worn down teeth caused by bruxism.
Drs. Williams, Solberg, and Miller provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for bruxism and secondary conditions caused by habitual grinding. Using comprehensive cosmetic and restorative treatments, we are able to repair worn or broken teeth and prevent further damage. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be used in combination with a sleep appliance to restore the function and aesthetic a smile has worn down due to bruxism. During your routine dental exam, your Smile Artists dentist will analyze your teeth which may help them diagnose teeth grinding.
Do I have bruxism?
Patients with bruxism often wake with headaches in the morning and experience painful muscle and jaw tension. Teeth grinding can cause breaks, chips or excessively worn teeth. If you grind your teeth your dentist may be able to tell just with a visual exam. Molars tend to wear down first, but other teeth may show signs of excessive stress.
How can I stop grinding my teeth in my sleep?
Patients who grind their teeth may benefit from an oral sleep appliance. The oral sleep appliance is custom designed and fabricated to comfortably fit your mouth. The oral appliance is worn while the patients sleep and prevents the upper and lower jaw from grinding together. Oral sleep appliances can help you sleep better and relieve stress on your jaw muscles and joint.