Bruxism Treatment in Maspeth
Do you often wake up with a headache or jaw pain? Do friends or family members tell you they hear you making strange grinding, screeching, or chomping sounds while you sleep? Have you noticed that your teeth look shorter or have numerous chips and cracks? You may be suffering from bruxism. Commonly referred to as teeth grinding, bruxism is difficult to prevent because most patients grind and clench teeth while they are asleep. At Maspeth Dental, we can offer you relief with custom crafted oral appliances, sometimes called mouthguards or nightguards.
How do I know if I have bruxism?
Bruxism affects 1 in 3 people in the US. While women are slightly more likely to suffer from the disorder, bruxism affects both men and women and can begin at any age. Young children may even suffer from bruxism. Some of the warning signs of bruxism include:
- Morning headaches
- Jaw, neck, or tooth pain
- Earaches and hearing loss
- Worn down, chipped, or cracked teeth
- TMJ disorder may result from untreated bruxism
Why do I suffer from bruxism?
There is no one cause of bruxism, but stress, anxiety, aggressive personality, posture, diet, and sleep habits are all possible contributing factors. People with bruxism may have other biting habits as well, including fingernail biting, lip chewing, and gnawing on pencil erasers. In other cases, bite alignment leads to bruxism, and TMJ may cause teeth grinding or clenching because opening and closing the mouth is uncomfortable. Some patients develop a habit of clenching and grinding teeth from a young age. These patients can be the most difficult to treat, but whatever the cause of your teeth grinding and clenching is, the Maspeth Dental team has the skills and services to help you kick the habit.
What are my treatment options?
For patients who have bruxism caused by stress or anxiety, changes in behavior or medication to relieve stress might be effective. Patients with alignment issues may benefit from orthodontic treatment, which should relieve the grinding and clenching. Wearing a comfortable oral appliance during sleep is the most common solution. We take impressions of your smile to craft a customized guard that fits comfortably over teeth during sleep, protecting them from grinding. There are several different styles of nightguard, and we help patients find the type that suits their smiles.
Whether you’ve recently noticed extra dental wear or you’ve suffered from bruxism your whole life, the Maspeth Dental team is happy to help. We offer care for patients from Brooklyn and surrounding communities.