If you clench or grind your teeth in stressful situations or during sleep, you may have bruxism.
This dental concern is characterized by teeth clenching and grinding that puts pressure on the teeth. Over time, bruxism can damage the tooth structure, meaning patients need restorative treatments. Dr. Ratti Handa treats teeth grinding in Acton, MA. Dr. Handa and her team are dedicated to giving patients high-quality, advanced dental solutions. Learn more about the signs of bruxism and its treatment below:
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple common signs of bruxism to look out for:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Teeth clenching
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Muscle tenderness
- Fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, call 978.212.3783. Patients who have crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or suffer from frequent stress or anxiety are more prone to this condition. There are also more serious consequences of untreated bruxism. Tooth enamel can become weaker over time with increased tension and can become damaged or worn down. Clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth as well, and its pressure is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. The pressure that teeth grinding exerts is not alleviated during sleep, so those who have problems with night bruxism may have weakened gums and teeth while being unaware of the problem. If left untreated, bruxism can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints.
Treatment for Teeth Clenching and Grinding
Dr. Handa provides oral appliance therapy to patients with bruxism. Oral appliances take the pressure off of the jaw and help teeth become properly aligned. Most importantly, this mouth guard-like appliance stops teeth from clenching and grinding together. They protect teeth to prevent further wear and tear. This treatment can be worn overnight or during anxiety-inducing situations. If teeth are too worn down or are damaged from bruxism, Dr. Handa can provide restorative treatment such as dental implants, crowns, or dentures.
Schedule an Appointment
Our professional team will work with you to stop your bruxism at the source. Call Dr. Handa today at 978.212.3783 or request a consultation on our website.