Teeth Grinding Treatment From Our New Orleans Dentist
If you’re suffering from unidentified migraines or headaches that you’ve tried hard to find a solution to, you might be surprised at the cause: your teeth! One of the most misidentified causes of jaw pain and headaches is Bruxism or teeth grinding, and you might not even realize you’re doing it! To relieve the pain that is caused by bruxism, our New Orleans dentist offers teeth grinding treatment.
What is Bruxism?
Called bruxism, grinding your teeth at night can often go unnoticed for a long time. If you sleep alone or haven’t woken your sleep partner with your nighttime teeth grinding, you won’t realize something is wrong until you start experiencing pain, discomfort, trouble sleeping, and fatigue during the day.
Among those symptoms, you may also experience lockjaw, chipped or loosening teeth, an earache-like pain, and difficulty fully opening your jaw. These are all symptoms we can help eliminate!
At 7 O’Clock Dental, Dr. John Tripp has seen plenty of cases of bruxism and is able to craft the perfect migraine and headache solutions for you! We can eliminate facial pain, sensitive teeth, tired muscles, headaches, and other results of nighttime teeth grinding!
Diagnosing your pain can often be done simply by visually examining your molars – patients with a history of grinding will show premature wear on their teeth, and X-rays can also help identify the stress caused by grinding.
What Can I Do About The Pain?
The most common way to solve pain caused by tooth grinding and jaw clenching is by using a nighttime mouthguard. This guard is worn when sleeping and is made of a soft rubber material that cushions and protects your jaw and teeth. By holding your jaw stable and not allowing a firm clenching or grinding, you’ll wake feeling more rested and in much less pain!
We can also offer muscle relaxants that you take before bed. Along with a nighttime mouthguard, your days of grinding and clenching can be at an end!
Treating Damaged Teeth
If your teeth have been damaged due to a long history of bruxism, you likely experience temperature sensitivity, and possibly constant tooth pain due to the wearing away of enamel that protects the sensitive inner portions of your teeth! In these cases, we can restore your damaged teeth and help eliminate the long-term pain you may be feeling.
We have a wide variety of options available for restoring your damaged teeth, and we can explore these in detail if your mouthguard isn’t successfully treating your bruxism. In rare cases, we may need to refer you to a specialist in sleep disorders, but the vast majority of patients experience relief with a nighttime mouthgard.
Don’t let bruxism keep you from getting your well-deserved sleep! If you or a loved one is concerned that you might be grinding your teeth at night, call our New Orleans dentist office today for our teeth grinding treatment at 504-266-0664! You can also schedule an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you!
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