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Teeth Grinding Relief Offered by Van Wert, OH Dentist

Westwood Family Dental Treats Bruxism

At Westwood Family Dental in Van Wert, OH, we can offer teeth grinding relief with bruxism treatments. Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly, while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a nightguard.

The Facts about Clenching and Grinding

Common symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary, but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Bruxism is most prevalent in women and generally found in about one-third of the population.

Individuals who react to stress with anger, pain, frustration, aggression, or competition are most commonly affected. People with bruxism may have other biting habits, such as biting fingernails, pencils, lips, or the insides of their cheeks. At our Van Wert, OH dental practice, we can help bruxism sufferers by assessing their condition and creating a personalized device for stopping night-time clenching.

Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause not only the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear over time, which cause dental problems. If left untreated, bruxism can also contribute to insomnia, eating disorders, and depression.

A Solid Solution for Teeth Grinding Relief

How can you stop an unconscious habit? You need help! The professionals at Westwood Family Dental will give you a thorough evaluation. We will check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we'll create an orthodontic appliance, also called a nightguard or splint, to prevent grinding and clenching. Many types of nightguards exist, and patients react differently to the various styles. If one appliance does not work, another may. In many cases, simply wearing a nightguard will eliminate the problem. However, if the condition persists, the doctors at Westwood Family Dental can prescribe alternative therapies to correct the issue.

Some practices that can relieve symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, massage and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, eating soft foods, and hydrating the body. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism, or if we find TMJ to be a factor, our team at our Van Wert dental practice will repair and treat you to provide complete relief.