Expert Teeth Grinding Treatment
If you need relief from grinding and clenching your teeth, our dental team can help you. Cornerstone Dental Centre treats bruxism for our Fort Saskatchewan, AB, patients. The painful condition causes you to grind and gnash your teeth anytime during the day or night. Without treatment, bruxism can lead to severely painful conditions. Our dental team uses innovative treatments to ensure our patients have optimal oral health. Our comprehensive dental services range from routine cleanings to cosmetic services. Contact us today to learn more or make an appointment.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the technical term for the grinding and clenching of teeth. It can cause your teeth to become loose or ground away. Severe bruxism can destroy bone and gum tissue and temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?
Many times, patients will grind their teeth without having any severe symptoms. Many patients wake up with a sore jaw and no explanation. Bruxism patients often suffer mysterious symptoms that may not seem related to their teeth. The most common symptoms of bruxism include the following:
- Pain in the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Chronic headaches
- Worn teeth
How is Bruxism Treated?
We will determine the appropriate treatment for grinding teeth depending on the cause of the problem. The most common treatments for bruxism include:
- An Oral Appliance –We customize oral appliances to help protect your teeth from grinding against the lower teeth.
- Rest –Stress is a cause of bruxism, so finding ways to relax and manage your stress is essential.
- Dental Services – Since an abnormal bite causes some misalignments, we can correct them with dental fillings or dental crowns.
Why Is Bruxism Dangerous?
Tooth enamel can wear down over time leading to severe oral health issues. Some of the problems that bruxism can cause include:
- TMJ Disorder – When the temporomandibular joints are overworked, it can lead to painful headaches and facial pain.
- Enamel Erosion – When your enamel wears down, the dentin is susceptible to damage and threatens the life of the tooth.
- Structural Tooth Damages – Bruxism pressure can cause chipped, broken, and cracked teeth.
- Oral Health Issues – Bruxism can lead to gum recession, activities, tinnitus, and loose teeth.
Frequently Asked Bruxism Questions
Are TMJ and bruxism the same thing?
Many people confuse TMJ and bruxism. Bruxism is the grinding of teeth, while TMJ is a disorder associated with pain in the jaw joint. Bruxism is the leading cause of TMJ.
Who develops bruxism?
Adults and children can develop bruxism. The largest cause of bruxism is stress.
How can bruxism be prevented?
The best way to prevent bruxism is to minimize your stress levels with exercise, medication, and lessening the consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
How is bruxism diagnosed?
It is often challenging to diagnose bruxism since most patients grind their teeth at night. We will inspect enamel erosion patterns to determine the cause of any wear and tear on your teeth.
Contact Cornerstone Dental Centre Today
If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, we want to help you live a life without oral pain. We’ll accurately diagnose your bruxism and find a treatment that best fits your needs. While many think bruxism will disappear, it can lead to severe oral health issues. Call us immediately for dental emergencies. Contact us today to request an appointment.