Palm Family Dentistry

Solutions for Clenching, Grinding, and TMJ

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Do you ever notice pain or tenderness when you're chewing? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Have you seen wear on your teeth that diminishes their appearance? Did you know that these concerns can all be attributed to clenching and grinding your teeth?

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to the act of clenching or grinding your teeth, which typically happens during stressful situations or at night while you sleep. Bruxism doesn't sound like a big deal, and you may not even realize you're doing it, but it can cause a host of issues for your teeth and jaw joint such as:

  • Premature wear on your teeth, which can result in bite misalignment
  • Fractures or cracks in your teeth
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Pain or discomfort when chewing
  • Problems in your jaw joint such as popping, clicking, or tenderness

How is Bruxism Treated?

Because clenching and grinding your teeth is often anxiety related, taking steps to alleviate your stress with things like yoga or massage can be helpful. Your dentist in Baton Rouge also offers solutions for bruxism with customized oral appliances.

A night guard fits over your teeth similar to the way a retainer does and protects them from the damage that clenching and grinding causes. It is typically made of acrylic and is comfortable to wear during the night while you sleep. It can also help to relax your muscles and alleviate some of the tenderness that bruxism causes.

Other solutions may be to restore teeth that are worn or compromised to also restore bite alignment or orthodontic treatment for the proper bite and tooth alignment.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of bruxism, we encourage you to contact Dr. Palm to schedule a consultation. He will perform an examination to determine the root cause of your issue, and then he can recommend the best treatment for your specific needs. Contact Palm Family Dentistry today to learn more.