Teeth Grinding/TMJ Treatment
Occasional teeth grinding is common and usually associated with mild stress or tension. But for some people, clenching and grinding (bruxism) is a very serious problem that can lead to chronic head and neck pain and even TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a serious problem with the jaw joint). In addition, the result of constant clenching and grinding is excessive wear and tear on your teeth.
If the uncomfortable symptoms of teeth grinding are disrupting your life, we urge you to contact our Washington dental office. Dr. Pruce has been providing patients with relief for the painful symptoms of bruxism for many years.
Customized Teeth Grinding Solution
While the cause of bruxism is unknown, many believe that stress plays a big role. In the 20 years that Dr. Pruce has been practicing, he’s found that non-invasive solutions are often the most effective for minimizing the painful symptoms of teeth grinding. These conservative methods address stress and may include medication therapy and techniques like meditation to reduce your general stress level.
However, many people who grind or clench their teeth do so while they’re sleeping. The only way to prevent damage from grinding during sleep is to wear an occlusal guard (night guard). This simple customized device looks like a mouth guard and helps protect your teeth from damage by preventing your upper and lower jaw from coming into contact with each other.
Night guards cannot stop the action of grinding, but they will prevent its adverse effects. When you are not grinding your teeth, your jaw joint muscles can relax, providing you with the relief you so desperately need.
Athletic Mouth Guards for the Whole Family
It's estimated that nearly 40% of dental trauma occurs during sports, and 80% of these injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. Knowing these statistics makes it easy to see how important it is to protect your family's teeth with a mouth guard during athletic activities.
Our custom mouth guards are made using impressions of your teeth, creating a fit that conforms perfectly to your mouth. Customized athletic guards are also made of a more rigid material and provide greater protection than bulky over-the-counter trays. A perfect fit helps the guard stay in place without you having to bite down on them. This makes it easier to breathe, and since they fit so well and feel comfortable, you will be more likely to wear them.
Call Today to Get the Relief You Need
There’s no doubt that enduring the painful symptoms of teeth grinding can make it difficult to enjoy life. We’re sympathetic to your discomfort because we know how disruptive it can be to your quality of life. Our skilled professional team will work with you until we find the solution that eliminates your pain so you can take back your life.
Please call our office today, and we’ll be happy to arrange a consultation and work together to find the solution that’s right for you.