Do you often wake with sore jaw muscles? Are you experiencing chipped, loose, or flattened teeth without an apparent cause? You may suffer from bruxism. This is a sleep-related condition that causes unconscious grinding or clenching of your teeth. It is estimated that 30 million people deal with the same struggle each day. Although it may seem like there is no relief in sight, you can stop the grinding with your dentist, Dr. Darren Koch. Dr. Koch offers teeth grinding treatment in Cary to stop your discomfort while protecting your oral health using nightguards.
How to Identify Bruxism?
Often, many people are not away that they grind or clench their teeth while sleeping, allowing it to go untreated. Even if you are unsure if you have the habit while sleeping, there are some clear signs that may indicate that you need treatment.
Common signs of the condition include:
- Diminished tooth enamel
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Sore or tight jaw muscles
- Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
- Headache in your temples
- Jaw, neck, or face pain and soreness
- Ear pain
- Sleep disruption
- Sores on the inside of your cheek
Is There Treatment for Bruxism?
Although bruxism can have a significant impact on your oral health and your quality of life, it can easily be treated by your dentist in Cary. Dr. Koch provides nightguards to protect your teeth while improving your symptoms.
A nightguard is like an athletic mouthguard; however, it acts as a protective barrier between your top and bottom teeth. This helps to take strain and pressure off your teeth and your jaw. The appliance is custom-made to offer a comfortable fit while you sleep.
In addition to treating the grinding, Dr. Koch will look to find the underlying cause of the issue. In some cases, the clenching can be the result of an improper bite, disorder of the temporomandibular joint, or another factor. By understanding the underlying cause, a proactive treatment plan will be put in place.
If damage to your teeth has already occurred from the condition, Dr. Koch will create personalized solutions to restore the health of your smile while protecting it from future damage.
Can I Be Evaluated?
Dr. Koch can provide the evaluation you need to determine if you suffer from bruxism. In addition to a visual examination, he will take the time to discuss certain risk factors that can increase your chance of developing it, such as:
- Personality type
- Medications and substance use
- Family history
- Underlying medical conditions
- Sleep issues
Stop the Grinding Today!
If you are ready to improve your quality of life, Dr. Koch can help. He will find the cause of your facial or tooth pain to determine if grinding or clenching are the cause. If bruxism is the issue, he will create the personalized treatment plan you need to sleep soundly without causing damage to your teeth.
To stop the grinding, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Koch.