Do you often find yourself clenching and grinding your teeth in stressful situations? Do you wake up with jaw pain or a headache?
Teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition that can occur at any age. This dental concern may be the result of stress and anxiety, paired with a clenched jaw. Patients with a crooked or misaligned bite are more prone to this condition. Dr. Glen Wainwright treats teeth grinding in Austin, Texas at Austin Dental Care. Treatment can help prevent further damage to teeth. But first, what other symptoms accompany bruxism?
Common Signs of Bruxism
Signs of bruxism may include:
- Tooth pain
- Facial pain
- Jaw soreness
- Teeth clenching
- Worn teeth
- Muscle tenderness
- Loose teeth
- Fractured teeth
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392. You could be developing bruxism. Patients may need multiple treatments for bruxism, depending on the severity of damage to teeth. Tooth enamel can become weaker over time with increased tension.
Clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth as well, and its pressure is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. When left untreated, bruxism can cause severe damage to the teeth, jaw muscles, and joints.
Treating Teeth Clenching and Grinding
Dr. Wainwright offers oral appliances as a treatment option for bruxism. They act like mouth guards and can be worn at night to protect teeth and keep them from grinding together. Oral appliances can fit over your upper or lower teeth to take the pressure off of the jaw.
Patients who have broken or damaged teeth from severe teeth clenching and grinding can benefit from receiving a dental crown. This restorative treatment also protects teeth from further wear and tear by covering them like a cap. Dental crowns are also custom-made to blend in with natural teeth.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
What damage can grinding teeth cause?
Damage can cause damage to the surface enamel of teeth. One enamel has been damaged and it can not be reversed. Teeth grinding can also lead to chips and cracks in teeth, as well as tooth decay.
Is stress making me grind my teeth?
Stress is one of the leading causes for teeth grinding. Patients may clench their jaws and grind their teeth subconsciously while they are stressed or anxious. Many patients who find themselves doing this throughout the day wear a clear mouthguard to provide a barrier between their teeth so no further damage is done.
How does teeth grinding change your face?
Teeth grinding can change the shape of your face. Many people who do not treat their teeth grinding find that their face may become wider, or they may develop facial sagging. This is from excessive use of facial muscles to grind teeth, and damage done to bone structure from grinding.
Does Botox stop teeth grinding?
Some studies have shown that botox treatment blocks some of the signals sent between muscles to contract, which may prevent a patient from grinding their teeth.
Schedule a Dental Exam with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is dedicated to ensuring patients get high-quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Call his office for treatment at 512-518-6392. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Wainwright on our website.