What Is Bruxism?
Many patients grind or clench their teeth while they sleep, a condition known as bruxism. This habit can seriously impact your teeth, gums, and TMJ (temporomandibular joints). Often by stress or other oral factors, bruxism can cause worn tooth enamel or flattened edges, gum recession, cracked or chipped teeth or restorations, and other kinds of oral damage. If you notice tooth or jaw pain, popping or clicking when you open your mouth, or recurring headaches, these may be signs that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during your sleep. Bruxism is a common condition, but it can cause a lot of oral damage. Treatment is advisable to ensure your smile remains healthy.
Night guard therapy may be needed to manage teeth grinding and clenching habits and limit the effects of bruxism on your teeth, jaw joints, and gums. These customized appliances are made from acrylic or other materials. Worn overnight, they hold the upper and lower teeth in a proper position, preventing friction between the teeth during sleep. Patients of all ages can experience bruxism. Call Made Ya Smile Rayford today to find out if our dentist can help you or your family with symptoms of bruxism, including teeth grinding and tired jaws, at our Spring, TX office.
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What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?
We don't know exactly why bruxism occurs, but a wide range of environmental, medical, and lifestyle factors may contribute to a teeth clenching or grinding habit. Parafunctional activities like gum chewing, genetics, sleep disorders, stress, and misaligned teeth can cause or worsen your bruxism problem. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth at night, you may end up with a variety of other symptoms, like broken or chipped teeth, loose or damaged fillings, uneven or worn edges of your teeth, or gum recession. These symptoms may be the first sign of bruxism with some patients, along with facial and jaw swelling, tooth pain or jaw tenderness, frequent headaches, earaches, and difficulty closing and opening the jaw. Our dentist and team can evaluate your TMJ and teeth grinding to help determine if bruxism is negatively impacting your health and attempt to find out why your condition has occurred. We may also recommend a night guard to be worn at night to prevent negative effects from teeth grinding and clenching.
How Is Bruxism Treated?
At Made Ya Smile Rayford, we're committed to offering caring, personalized treatment for your unique needs. Our advanced techniques let us create custom night guards to provide solutions for your bruxism. Impressions will be taken prior to crafting your night guard so models can be made of your mouth. These models will be sent to our dental lab where they will make your night guard. Our experienced partner dental lab uses superior materials to ensure the high quality of your night guard. Once it is returned to our office, we'll schedule a follow-up appointment so we can ensure your night guard fits securely. Our dentist can adjust the fit if necessary for comfort and effectiveness.
How Can I Care for My Bruxism Mouth Guard?
It's important to wear your night guard as recommended by our dentist to protect your overall oral health and reduce your symptoms of bruxism. Even if your symptoms clear, continue to wear your night guard to maintain jaw alignment and reduce the possibility of future damage. We'll provide you instructions on storing, cleaning, and maintaining your night guard. It's essential to keep up with excellent home care and twice-yearly visits to Made Ya Smile in order to keep your smile healthy and happy. When you return for your biannual cleaning and exam visits, we suggest you bring your night guard with you so we can monitor the fit, make adjustments, and ensure it's still working to treat your bruxism as best as possible.
Are Night Guards Covered by Insurance?
Your dental insurance may cover your night guard in part for your bruxism treatment. Before we begin treatment, we will reach out to your insurance provider and examine your schedule of benefits. If you do not have insurance or may have out-of-pocket expenses, several payment solutions may work to help your treatment fit within your budget. Made Ya Smile Rayford accepts a variety of payment methods and partners with CareCredit® to offer low-interest financing plans to help your family afford needed care.
Protect Your Smile Against Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can cause oral discomfort, headaches, tooth damage, TMJ issues, and other concerns, and it's important to receive treatment for it to reduce symptoms and prevent future problems from arising. A custom-fit night guard from Made Ya Smile may help you or your family regain a comfortable smile, reduce symptoms, and protect oral health. Our dentist can provide expert, personalized treatment for your bruxism, along with our team of caring professionals. Find out today if your bruxism may be effectively treated with a night guard by contacting our family dental practice in Spring, TX to schedule your evaluation.