Bruxism, or habitual grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause significant damage to your smile and oral health. Our dentist will carefully examine your mouth to determine if bruxism is the cause of your tooth damage and discomfort. If so, he will develop a customized treatment plan to help you regain a healthy smile. For more information about bruxism in Walterboro, South Carolina, and to set up a consultation with Dr. Shannon Pye, contact our office today at 843-549-5913.
Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of teeth. It can occur at any time, through it is more common at night while you are asleep. Bruxism is one of the largest contributing factors to tooth damage, but is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed due to the fact that it is one of several potential causes of tooth wear.
When untreated, bruxism can cause many oral health problems that affect your smile and your overall health and quality of life, including:
- Broken, chipped, and worn teeth
- Broken dentures or other oral appliances
- Headaches and migraines
- Earaches and ear ringing
- Sore jaw joints (leading or contributing to TMJ disorders)
- Tension and pain in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles
- Pain and tightness in jaw muscles
There are several treatments available to help alleviate your bruxism and help you stop grinding your teeth, ranging from relaxation exercises to oral appliances such as night guards and NTI-tss devices. When you visit our dentist, he will examine your mouth and determine which type of treatment will be most effective at managing your bruxism. Once your bruxism is under control, we will work with you to restore your smile to full beauty and health.
To make an appointment with our dentist and learn more about bruxism, please contact our office today.