Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw or experience frequent toothaches? You may be suffering from bruxism. This serious dental disorder occurs when patients grind or clench their teeth. If left untreated, patients may eventually, crack, chip, or even wear down their teeth. In many cases, a person may grind their teeth during sleep, remaining unaware that they experience bouts of bruxism. Thankfully, at Valley Ridge Family Dental, we can diagnose and treat your teeth grinding. In today’s blog, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, answers common questions about diagnosing and treating bruxism.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Bruxism
Question: What causes a person to grind their teeth?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead a person to grind their teeth. For example, in many cases uneven, missing, or misaligned teeth may lead to a patient developing bruxism. In most cases however, a notable increase in stress and anxiety leads to teeth grinding.
Question: What are the symptoms of bruxism?
Answer: The most common symptoms of bruxism include: Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, toothaches, cracked or chipped teeth, worn down teeth, headaches, jaw pain, and pain when biting down or chewing.
Question: What can I do to stop grinding my teeth?
Answer: If stress is the cause of your bruxism, trying to reduce the anxiety in your daily life may ease your symptoms.
Question: Does Dr. Johnson offer treatment for bruxism?
Answer: Yes. Your Des Moines IA general dentist offers a special oral appliance. Similar to a night guard, this device is worn while the patient sleeps. The appliance prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, eliminating teeth grinding episodes and protecting a patient’s teeth.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA General Dentist
Did we answer all of your questions about teeth grinding? If you have any further questions or concerns, contact your Des Moines IA general dentist today. Dr. Johnson will diagnose the cause and severity of your bruxism and recommend the appropriate treatment. Call our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764 for more information. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.