Do you clench or grind your teeth?
Many patients are unaware that they clench or grind their teeth. For some, grinding only occurs at night while asleep, for others, they are unaware that their stress manifests in jaw clenching. Teeth grinding can not only damage the structure of your teeth, it is also linked to increased respiratory issues and complex bite disorders such as TMD.
“According to the American Sleep Association, at least 10% of adults are found to have bruxism or teeth grinding in their sleep and that’s just people who have been identified or diagnosed.”
Dr. Jose Gil provides patients with a comprehensive bite analysis and visual screening for signs of bruxism at all routine dental visits. Early intervention and treatment for bruxism can help prevent long-term side effects of the habit.
Patients who grind their teeth are prone to chip, break or wear down teeth. Teeth grinding can also damage the jaw joint causing painful chronic symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, popping or clicking of the jaw, and discomfort eating or speaking.
How can I stop grinding my teeth?
It is difficult to stop teeth grinding when it happens during sleep without an oral sleep appliance. Dr. Gil provides patients with TMJ or bruxism with custom fit oral sleep appliances that prevent the jaws from grinding together during sleep. The device is fitted to your unique measurements and fits comfortably and securely in your mouth. Patients often feel relief from painful symptoms nearly overnight once they begin wearing their device. The sleep appliance allows the jaw to rest comfortably in proper alignment preventing further damage and allowing it to heal.
Dr. Gil also offers treatment with Botox® to address the effects of teeth grinding. Patients who grind their teeth and clench their jaw can experience increased muscle tension in the jaw joints which often causes headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms commonly associated with TMJ.
Botox can be strategically injected to help the muscles of the jaw relax, release tension and alleviate discomfort. Dr. Gil will work with you on an individual basis to determine if Botox is right for you and to develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Botox can be administered in the comfort of our dental office.
Did You Know? Dr. Gil talks about Teeth Grinding
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