Bruxism Cary, NC

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common dental concern that we treat in our Raleigh, NC dental office. Our patients are often unaware that they’ve been grinding their teeth. This is because teeth grinding often occurs while the patient is sleeping. While this action might seem harmless at first, teeth grinding can result in the development of long-term issues like chronic jaw pain or even unwanted dental damages. Dr. Emily Ann Reece is your trusted restorative and general dentist in Raleigh, NC. She is here to help you combat your teeth grinding habit and resolve any symptoms before they result in long-term issues.

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Bruxism Treatment in Raleigh, NC

Patients of all ages are affected by teeth grinding. To combat this issue, Dr. Reece often recommends the use of a custom nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. The nightguard is designed custom to your smile to maintain your maximum comfort levels while you sleep. It will fit snugly over your dental structures and protect them from damage. Even if you are able to grind your teeth together using this oral appliance, the nightguard will take on the brunt of the pressure instead of your teeth. It also holds your jaw in a healthier resting position as you sleep so that you wake up with a fully rested and restored jawbone.

Why You Need to Treat Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding that goes untreated can cause further oral health problems. Your teeth get worn down faster and may even crack or break. This leads to a need for restorative dentistry to get you back a healthy, functional smile. These issues can also cause you to be in a lot of pain when you’re doing necessary things like eating.

Prolonged teeth grinding is also one of the main causes of TMJ disorders. This condition occurs when your jaw joint is no longer functioning properly. This is usually due to an uneven bite or trauma or damage to this jaw joint. You may experience a loss in jaw function. Your jaw may pop and crack while you’re chewing, get stuck shut, or you may have trouble using it normally. The longer your teeth grinding goes untreated, the more likely you are to suffer from more severe consequences.

What causes teeth grinding?

Patients often notice that they are more prone to grinding their teeth when experiencing high levels of stress. This is especially common in patients who hold a lot of tension in their jawbone throughout the day. We encourage patients to practice mindfulness throughout the day and leave themselves small reminders to relax their facial muscles periodically as they work. While teeth grinding can be difficult to self-diagnose, some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Facial pain.
  • Tension headaches.
  • Earaches
  • Stiff jaw joints
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Increased teeth sensitivity

If you experience any of these symptoms outside of our office, be sure to report them to your dentist at your next appointment. It’s important that we understand the range of your symptoms to properly diagnose and treat your teeth grinding. Request an appointment by calling us at 919.646.6294 today.