In yesterday’s blog, we discussed how TMJ disorder can be diagnosed and treated. This jaw disorder is often found in patients who have bruxism as well. If you frequently feel headaches, tooth sensitivity, and cavities, these may be signs that you have bruxism. At your next appointment, the staff at Riverside Dental Group in California can help assess your concerns and determine a helpful treatment plan to reduce your TMJ and tooth-grinding habits.
Why Do We Grind Our Teeth
You may find yourself clenching your jaw together in high-stress situations. Doing this every now and then will not cause you harm. However, doing this daily can be dangerous to your health. Unfortunately, bruxism often occurs when the patient is unaware, such as when you are sleeping. This can make it difficult to know that you have the condition. This disorder may also be caused or worsened by TMD, malocclusion, genetics, medications, and more.
Getting A Diagnosis
At your next appointment, you can voice your concerns to your dentist. From there, they can closely examine your teeth and oral cavity. If they notice signs of extreme wear on your teeth, sensitivity, or other symptoms, you may be diagnosed with bruxism. A combination of physical therapy and wearing an oral appliance at night may help alleviate pain from this condition. For patients who have worn or broken teeth due to this disorder, restorative treatments are available to bring their teeth back to health.
The Difference Between Retainers, Oral Appliances, And Mouthguards
These dental appliances may all look similar, but they are each used for a specific purpose. Orthodontic retainers are used after alignment treatment to keep your teeth from shifting. Mouthguards are worn during sports to protect your pearly whites from injuries. If you are interested in having a guard made for yourself, talk to your dentist about this. You can have one made in a variety of colors. Lastly, an oral appliance is used to protect your teeth from grinding against each other at night. They can also help keep the pressure of your jaw joints balanced to help with TMJ. Each of these options will be crafted to fit your oral cavity to target your specific needs.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you chronically clench your jaw, your dentist may be able to help. To seek treatment for bruxism, call your nearest Riverside Dental Group location for an examination.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.