Stanley Dentistry offers bruxism therapy to help patients who suffer from pain in their jaw. Bruxism is a subconscious process that is characterized by the grinding of teeth and typically includes the clenching of the jaw. We offer several options, from therapy to appliances, to alleviate problems associated with bruxism.
While many patients are unaware they suffer from bruxism or teeth grinding, this condition can cause serious injury to the teeth or jaw. Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC offers many options, including dental guards that protect the teeth from abrasion and reduce muscle strain by allowing the jaw to move easily. Our comfortable, custom night guard appliances are worn while you sleep and can help reduce the damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching during sleep. Once you begin your bruxism treatment, you can look forward to waking up refreshed and pain-free.
If you are suffering from signs of bruxism, our dentists can help you with therapy or appliances that can alleviate pain and protect your teeth and jaw. It is important to call us as soon you notice symptoms so that we can minimize possible damage.
Many people suffer from bruxism when they are experiencing problems with anxiety, stress, tension, or depression. Physical problems caused by bruxism or teeth grinding include earaches, headaches, migraines, tinnitus, neck pain, jaw pain, and insomnia. Bruxism can also cause major dental damage, including worn or broken teeth, gum recession, or even loose teeth. A lot of our dental implant patients have a history of bruxism which is why, after years of no treatment, they need dental implants. If you are experiencing any of these problems, we can help you find the right solution for you. Schedule a free consultation today to see how Dr. Bobbi Stanley can help you live pain-free.
Patients with bruxism grind, clench, or gnash their teeth. This is typically an unconscious behavior that frequently occurs at night. If you clench your teeth during the day, it’s called awake bruxism. If you clench your teeth at night, the condition is called sleep bruxism or nocturnal tooth grinding.
Unfortunately, there’s no tried-and-true reason why some people develop bruxism while others don’t. Most doctors agree that bruxism has little to do with psychological factors (so don’t blame your dreams!) though things like stress, alcoholism, caffeine, tobacco use, and sleep apnea have been observed in bruxism sufferers. Out of all of those, sleep apnea is the most likely culprit. If you come in with bruxism symptoms, Dr. Bobbi will most likely also order a sleep test to see if sleep apnea is the underlying cause of your bruxism.
In the short-term, bruxism can cause jaw pain and headaches. In the longterm, bruxism can cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw. Often times, patients who have left their bruxism untreated for years and years require dental implants to correct the damage.