Grinding or clenching your teeth subconsciously or while asleep is a very common condition known as bruxism. While you are more likely to grind your teeth at night, you may find yourself doing it during the day. Your spouse or partner may have noticed you grinding your teeth at night and you may have noticed damage or wear to your teeth that you cannot account for. You may also experience pain in your jaws, headaches, earaches, and stress-related symptoms. If you have noticed the symptoms of bruxism, we invite you to call Brighton Specialty Dental Group at 805-644-5284 to schedule an appointment with our [dr-type].
Our team can provide you with a BiteStrip® which will allow you to see if you suffer from bruxism. It monitors your jaw movements while you sleep and can help us develop a treatment plan. You should seek treatment for teeth grinding to address and avoid the following problems:
- Dental damage: Constantly grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to abnormal and excessive wear on your teeth. This can cause them to chip or break, putting you at the risk of cavities or infection, and requiring restorative work.
- Arthritis: Believe it or not, if bruxism is left untreated for too long it can lead to arthritis and problems speaking and chewing.
- Pain: Bruxism creates stress and tension in your jaws, leading to pain and stiffness and even headaches.
- Receding gums: You may not associate this problem with gum recession, but the act of grinding your teeth lead to gum damage and can loosen your teeth. This can make it easier for the bacteria in your mouth the create an infection which can lead to gum disease.
At our office we offer different options to protect your smile from grinding and clenching. One of those options is to use a BOTOX® treatment to keep you from grinding your teeth while allowing you to maintain your normal oral function. However, one of the most effective and simple treatments is to make an appointment with Dr. Homa H. Zadeh and associates for an appointment for a night guard in Ventura, California. Our dentist can create a custom mouth guard for you to wear while you sleep, based on an impression made from your teeth. This device can either create a cushion between your upper and lower jaw to protect your enamel or can limit muscle movement to protect your molars.