Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, may occur unconsciously during sleep for many patients. Thankfully, Dr. Christopher Rebol and Dr. Chris Sparks offer treatment for patients who deal with teeth clenching and grinding in Asheville, NC. At Rebol Family Dentistry, Dr. Rebol, and Dr. Sparks work with patients to find the best solution that fits their dental concerns.
If you suffer from jaw pain or headaches, you may have bruxism. Call our office today at 828.247.7222 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Rebol or Dr. Sparks on our website. They will help you find the right solution to assuage your pain and protect your teeth.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple symptoms of bruxism to be aware of, including:
- Jaw pain
- Muscle tenderness
- Chronic facial pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Worn teeth
There are also risk factors that can contribute to bruxism, including crooked and misaligned teeth, as well as TMJ disorders. If you have these conditions, you are more prone to developing bruxism in the future. It is important to be aware of any changes in your bite or sudden facial or jaw pain. Because of teeth clenching and grinding, the tooth enamel can wear away or crack. Visiting the dentist as soon as you discover a dental problem helps ensure that oral health issues do not develop further.
Before treatment, our dentists will assess your teeth and gums to take note of any damage or wear. We provide oral appliance therapy through the use of custom nightguards. These mouthguards can be worn at night to prevent tooth damage. They take the pressure off of the jaw and relieve the pain caused by bruxism.
Following nightguard treatment, some patients may require restorative or cosmetic care. Crooked teeth can be treated with Invisalign clear aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Patients with tooth damage or loss caused by severe bruxism may require dental crowns or dental implants. For patients with minor cases of bruxism, ice packs, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety medications, and jaw stretching exercises may be used. These gentle treatments act as therapeutic care for the jaw and facial muscles.