Bruxism in Grand Ledge, MI

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What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a term used to describe chronic teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which can happen whether you're awake or asleep (nocturnal bruxism). A lot of people grind their teeth, a lot of times unintentionally, during the course of the day or while sleeping, due to tension and anxiety or a crooked bite and specific prescriptions. Despite the fact that occasional teeth grinding ordinarily is not an issue, regular teeth grinding can damage and wear away your teeth and sometimes will even lead to painful issues like temporomandibular disorder (TMD) that impacts the jaw. At Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC, our dentists detect and provide beneficial care solutions for bruxism, such as protective mouth guards to wear during the night. Call our Grand Ledge, MI facility for more information and book a meeting with Dr. Todd K. Baum to treat bruxism and safeguard your oral wellness.

How Do Bruxism Treatments Work?

Bruxism can be caused by a number of factors, so Dr. Baum will create a customized treatment plan designed to address your particular issues. If your grinding is caused by broken or cracked teeth, those will need to be dealt with first. The most common therapy for bruxism involves custom-built night guards to be worn at night. The mouth guards shield your teeth from harm that might occur during the night. Certain patients could potentially be recommended for splints, which are solid acrylic materials placed on the lower or upper teeth to stop teeth clenching and grinding. Along with these treatment solutions, anxiety and stress management may further aid in the reduction of teeth grinding and promote complete well-being.

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Find Solutions for Chronic Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth is more than just an annoyance — bruxism has been known to lead to more severe issues like TMD, which can be responsible for headaches, jaw pain, disturbances in your sleep, and many other problems. Offering a range of viable treatment solutions, including mouth guards and splints, Dr. Baum can help care for your teeth and provide relief from the pain and oral health issues that stem from bruxism. For further information or to request a consultation, contact Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC in Grand Ledge, MI today.

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What causes teeth grinding?

Bruxism is often caused by stress and anxiety. However, it can also be a result of an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth, or sleep disorders. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial to determine the best treatment approach, which is why we recommend scheduling an appointment at our Grand Ledge, MI dental office if you suspect there is something wrong with your dental health.

How can I tell if I have bruxism?

Signs that you might have bruxism include waking up with a sore jaw or a dull headache, teeth that are flattened, chipped, loose, or overly sensitive, and noticeable teeth grinding or clenching, which might be pointed out by a sleep partner. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's a good idea to discuss them with Dr. Baum.

What can happen if you don't treat bruxism?

Untreated bruxism can lead to several complications, including damage to your teeth, such as fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. It can also exacerbate jaw disorders and cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders). Letting bruxism go untreated can also result in severe headaches and chronic pain.

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