If you wake up with jaw pain, along with sore or sensitive teeth, you can have some questions as well as concerns. If you repeatedly wake up with these issues, you should be aware that you are experiencing symptoms of bruxism, which can lead to worsening dental damage if it is not addressed. People who struggle with bruxism, or nightly teeth grinding, can develop problems with their jaw health as well as the condition of their teeth. Your St. Louis, MO dentist is here to help you manage this condition. In addition to providing a custom appliance to protect your smile, Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can evaluate you to see if treatment is necessary for worn or damaged enamel.
Just how serious can trouble with bruxism become when it is not addressed? Eventually, the friction from grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to visible chips and cracks. When this damage occurs, it can be an issue for your appearance as well as your well-being. The mounting stress this problem creates can also be harmful to your jaw joints and muscles. This can turn into a problem with TMJ disorder that leaves you with stiff, limited bite function as well as persistent problems with headaches, facial discomfort, and neck and shoulder pain.
With custom-made guards, our practice can protect patients who have difficulties with teeth grinding and clenching. Dr. Johnson-G’Sell can supply an appliance that is carefully designed to fit comfortably and remain in place. With it present to support your dental health, you can keep your teeth apart during the night and prevent worsening wear and tear. This can also help to reduce the stress on your joints and muscles.
If you have visible wear and tear because of bruxism, we can evaluate your smile and see what kind of treatment might be right for you. Superficial problems can be effectively addressed with cosmetic dental work. Services that are more conservative, such as the placement of porcelain veneers or a tooth bonding and contouring work, can help you regain confidence in the way you look. However, if you need to do something about damage that has an effect on your oral health, we can recommend that you undergo treatment with dental crowns to protect vulnerable teeth.
Through treatment for teeth grinding difficulties, we can help patients avoid oral health problems and avoid unwanted smile changes. Dr. Johnson-G’Sell is ready to meet with you to discuss how your problems with bruxism can be completely resolved. If you are ready to learn more, talk to Magnolia Family Dental in St. Louis, MO by calling us at 314-822-4521.