When you discover that something isn’t quite right with your oral health but the answer continues to elude you, it’s always time to schedule a visit with our compassionate dental team. When sensitive, worn teeth, headaches, or other strange symptoms start to occur, your problem may turn out to be bruxism disorder. We encourage you to learn a little bit more about this very treatable issue. You will find that if it explains your concerns, we can quickly begin treatment that will help your smile feel well again.
Bruxism Is Not Voluntary
To begin, we encourage you to recognize that bruxism disorder is not something that you’re doing on purpose. Instead, it’s essentially an over-firing of your muscles, which causes you to either grind your teeth or clench your teeth together in a chronic fashion. Over time, when left untreated, this will result in symptoms (often including discomfort and physical damage).
Bruxism Is Treatable
The news you have been waiting for is positive: Yes, we can treat bruxism disorder. Fortunately, the treatment comes in the form of noninvasive, comfortable nightly therapy. Most patients experience great success from wearing a mouthguard while they sleep. It prevents upper and lower teeth from touching, so grinding or clenching produce few to no consequences.
Bruxism Can Cause Serious Problems
If you skip bruxism disorder treatment and allow the issue to continue, it can have severe side effects. For example, the friction and pressure may lead to damage in the form of eroded surfaces of your teeth, fractures and broken teeth, and gum damage. Eventually, tooth loss may occur. The pressure can also contribute to jaw joint problems, such as TMJ disorder. We always encourage treatment!
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX, office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Tyler, TX.