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Can Bruxism Be Treated?

January 31, 2022
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Posted By: Michael J Franquemont, DDS Staff
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If your dentist tells you you have bruxism, it means you grind and clench your teeth, usually during sleep. This condition can lead to many complications, including:

  • Sore and pronounced jaws
  • Head, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Cracked teeth and tooth loss
  • Jaw joint disfunction (TMJ)

If you have not been diagnosed but have some or all of the above symptoms, you should arrange a visit with your Centennial, CO dentist.

Bruxism Treatment in Centennial, CO

Treatment for bruxism may include nightguard therapy. In this case, your dentist crafts a custom aligner that fits over your teeth and gently coaxes the jaw forward to prevent biting down during sleep.

If you’re diagnosed with bruxism—even if it’s early and your symptoms are mild—it’s essential to undergo treatment to save your teeth and your jaw joint health.

TMJ and Bruxism

When you grind and clench your teeth, eventually, you’ll notice consequences. One of these may include TMJ.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint; this is the hinged-like apparatus that connects your lower jaw to your lower skull. When this joint doesn’t function properly, you may notice:

  • A clicking sound when yawning
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing
  • A bulky appearance near the joints
  • Head, neck, and shoulder pain

Severe cases of TMJ require surgery, but often the treatment for bruxism addresses TMJ, giving the joint a break and a chance to heal.

Your dentist can evaluate you for TMJ, including the severity of the issue, and talk to you about appliance therapy and how you might benefit.

For Bruxism Treatment in Centennial, CO, Give Us a Call Today

Bruxism can be very painful and cause severe damage to your teeth and TMJ. If you suspect either condition or if it’s time for your checkup, contact a staff member to get started. And if you have any questions for our dentist or team, reach out today.

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