Custom Treatment for Bruxism
Chronic teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism, is a more common condition than many people realize. It can affect virtually anyone and for a wide range of potential reasons, and for many patients, the grinding occurs most often at night and is difficult to detect on their own. If we notice signs of bruxism during your routine checkup and cleaning, then we may recommend addressing it with a custom-designed appliance.
When You Have Bruxism
Without a diagnosis, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between bruxism and routine, occasional teeth-grinding. The most notable difference is that you can’t control bruxism, and the grinding action of your teeth can seem unprompted. Because it’s an unconscious action, often when you’re sleeping, the force that your teeth are exposed to under bruxism is much greater than the force of occasional teeth-grinding. This means it’s more likely to cause damage or excessive wear to your teeth, as well as symptoms such as:
- Increasing tooth sensitivity
- A change in how your bite feels
- Pain and dysfunction in your jaw joints
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Increased risks of tooth decay
- And more
How a Custom Appliance Helps
A bruxism appliance is a custom-designed nightguard that fits comfortably over your teeth while you sleep at night. The appliance is made from durable, biocompatible acrylic, and effectively stops your teeth from grinding each other’s structures away. Depending on the exact cause of your bruxism, an appliance may be all you need to treat your condition. Or, you may also require one or more restorative treatments to repair teeth that have already been damaged.
Benefit from a Custom Bruxism Appliance
If you grind your teeth constantly – a condition known as bruxism – then we may be able to help you stop with a custom-designed bruxism appliance. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call the office of Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.