Effective Treatment for Bruxism for Better Oral Health
Break that teeth grinding habit for good!
How Bruxism Affects Your Oral Health
Many patients with a habit of grinding or clenching their teeth do not realize how much this habit can negatively impact their oral health. Putting excess pressure or stress on the teeth can wear down the tooth structure, trigger a tooth fracture or cause TMJ. Bruxism can cause a number of oral health and general health problems including:
- Chronic headaches
- Sore muscles
- TMD symptoms
- Hearing loss
- Changes in the appearance of the face
Tips for Breaking Teeth Grinding Habits
Here are some things Dr. Lauren Wilburn typically recommends to patients with bruxism:
- Perform jaw relaxation sessions before bed
- Cut back or eliminate caffeine from the diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Break habits of chewing on anything other than food
- Pay attention to the mouth when chewing different types of food
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Bruxism Treatment Options
If we notice your teeth are severely worn down or damaged, we may recommend some lifestyle changes to break any teeth grinding or clenching habits. Eliminating caffeine and alcohol can help a lot of patients who may be subconsciously grinding or clenching their teeth. Wearing a night guard while sleeping may be necessary for patients who tend to grind their teeth at night. Learning how to manage stress without clenching the jaw and performing jaw relaxation and stretching exercises regularly can also help relieve symptoms associated with this condition.
Tooth Restoration Treatments for Damaged Teeth
Patients who have suffered the effects of bruxism can also turn to our dentist in Columbia, TN, for tooth restoration treatments. Dr. Wilburn specializes in smile makeovers and performs a number of restorative procedures that can rebuild the teeth and transform your smile. Turn to us for crowns, bridges, veneers and dental implants as part of your tooth restoration plan.
Learn more about treatment options for bruxism and our dentist in Columbia, TN, by scheduling your appointment with Dr. Wilburn today.