bruxism-appTeeth Grinding Relief in Southlake

At your regular preventive checkup, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron can assess your teeth for signs of teeth grinding, or bruxism. Your dentist will then suggest a treatment plan to relieve the symptoms of the condition.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition characterized by teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Most bruxers (people who suffer from bruxism) unconsciously grind and clench at night, although many also do so during the daytime. Most often, this behavior is prompted by stress, anxiety, and unresolved emotional issues although some patients, especially children, grind their teeth as a result of seasonal allergies.

What are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Although you may not experience all of the possible symptoms of bruxism, it is important to let Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron know if you:

  • Grind your teeth loudly at night, waking your partner.
  • Notice an increased amount of tooth sensitivity.
  • Experience jaw tension.
  • Have headaches, jaw or facial sensitivity, or evidence of biting your cheek at night.

How Serious is Bruxism?

Bruxism can be a very serious condition. Pressure from clenching your jaw may damage crowns and fillings. Teeth that grind against one another may break expensive implants and may cause enamel wear and sensitivity in natural teeth. Your dentist will inspect your teeth for characteristic patterns of chips, breaks, and worn enamel. People with bruxism sometimes have flattened teeth due to the pressure present in the condition, and the condition has been known to damage crowns and bridges over an extended period of time.

How is Bruxism Treated?

The severity of bruxism varies from person to person. In mild cases, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron may simply monitor the condition of your mouth at each appointment to make sure that you are not damaging your teeth. However, if you have a more extreme case of bruxism, Dr. Wright or Dr. Heron will recommend the use of an oral splint.

An oral splint is a specialized mouth guard custom fitted to your mouth. Constructed of hard acrylic, an oral splint may be crafted for you to wear on your top teeth or your bottom teeth, depending upon the dentist’s recommendations. By wearing an oral splint, you can prevent further damage to your natural teeth and dental restorations.

If your dentist detects signs of a minor temporomandibular joint (TMJ) condition while treating you for tooth wear, he or she may recommend further treatment to relieve jaw sensitivity. If moderate-to-severe TMJ disorder is detected, we may refer you to a trusted specialist to make sure you receive the expert care you need. To find out if you can benefit from a bruxism appliance, schedule an examination by calling Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.