How do you typically feel when you start your day? If you often wake up with a headache, if your jaw is often sore, or if you have pain or sensitivity in your teeth, you may be struggling with bruxism. A person who is dealing with bruxism will grind or clench their teeth throughout a typical night. Because this is taking place while they sleep, there is no way to stop them from this habit. Over time, it can cause pain throughout the day as mounting jaw stress leads to TMJ dysfunction. It can eventually even lead to dental damage! Our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office is prepared to work with patients who struggle with bruxism. We can provide an appliance to use in order to stop further damage, and we can determine what kind of restorative dental work might be needed if your teeth have been damaged.
1. You Can Struggle With Daily Pain
If you habitually grind your teeth when you sleep, the accumulating stress on your jaw joints and muscles can cause you to suffer from TMJ dysfunction. When stress or injuries affect a person’s jaw, it can cause them pain in their face, neck, and head that can become hard to manage. Putting a stop to bruxism is an important step in removing this stress, and putting an end to persistent pain.
2. Your Teeth May Become Damaged Over Time
Enamel is certainly a strong substance, but this does not mean your teeth face no danger from continued grinding and clenching. As time passes, the continued pressure can lead to wear and tear that hurts your smile. Your teeth can start to look flattened, and they may even develop small chips and cracks. For superficial damages, we may recommend using cosmetic dental work to hide those unflattering changes, and give you back your confident smile. Dental crowns are sometimes necessary when a person has gone too long without treatment, as the damage can have an effect on your ability to bite and chew.
3. You Can Have A Harder Time Biting And Chewing
Problems with your jaw, along with dental damage, can make it difficult for you to bite and chew without some discomfort. This may change the way you operate your jaw, which can further tax the joints and muscles and lead to more discomfort. It can also have a negative impact on your diet, as you may have to give up certain foods. Dental pain is not the only reason that biting and chewing can become more difficult. You can begin to experience difficulty moving your jaw because of stiffness or pain. This can eventually make it more difficult for you to laugh and speak, as well as eat.
Talk To Dr. Browne About Your Possible Issues With Bruxism
Dr. Browne has experience taking care of smiles affected by bruxism, and our office is ready to help you if you think this problem might be responsible for your recent issues with pain, limited movement, or dental wear and tear. In addition to providing an appliance that corrects problems with teeth grinding, we can recommend the appropriate restorative or cosmetic work to take care of your smile. To learn more, or to make an appointment to visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.