Do you wake up with headaches or tenderness in the face or jaw?
If you do, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep! Teeth grinding, often referred to as bruxism, often occurs during sleep, any many patients remain unaware of the habit until additional oral health concerns develop. If you suspect you may grind your teeth, discuss your symptoms and concerns with Dr. Kevin or Dr. Kami Marr when visiting our Greeley dentist office. We encourage all of our patients to let us know if they notice any changes or discomforts in their oral health. Early diagnosis can prevent further damage to the gums, teeth, and jaw.
Habitual teeth grinding often leads to more complex oral health concerns such as excessively worn teeth, gum disease and TMJ related symptoms as the jaw muscles become tense and overworked. Teeth grinding can also cause teeth to loosen, or even to fall out. Our Loveland area dentist office offers oral appliances for the conservative treatment of teeth grinding.
Untreated, habitual bruxism can cause:
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Occlusal trauma, myofascial pain or TMJ
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Early diagnosis is essential for conservative and effective treatment. Diagnosing teeth grinding as soon as possible will help prevent protect your teeth from further damage. Treatment for teeth grinding is varied and will be determined base on your personal oral health.
- Oral Sleep Appliance: Oral sleep appliances can be custom fabricated to your specifications. Much like a sports mouthguard, the device is small, discreet and comfortable to wear. The hard-soft plastic will be molded to precisely fit over the teeth. The device will be designed to reposition the jaw and prevent grinding. The guard also protects the teeth from further damage.
NTI-tss device – This custom fabricated device is similar to the oral sleep appliance except that it only covers the front teeth. The NTI-tss device prevents the molars from grinding by limiting the ability of the jaw muscle to move.
For more complex teeth grinding cases where damage has occurred or bite realignment is necessary, we provide a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. For patients who have been grinding their teeth for many years, or who have developed TMJ, additional treatments may be necessary to restore the health and function to the teeth and jaw.
Teeth Grinding & TMJ
TMJ is the malfunction of the temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint. When patients clench their jaws or grind their teeth they can cause stress and even damage the delicate joint. TMJ is a chronic pain disorder that can progress diminishing the quality of life and oral health of a patient.
Drs. Marr and Marr are Dawson Academy alumni with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of occlusal disorders. They offer personalized and comprehensive treatment options for patients with TMJ related disorders and bite problems. Treatment will be determined by the progression and underlying cause of your unique symptoms and the condition of your oral health. There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for TMJ. Your Marr Family dentist will tailor your treatment to your personal oral health and progression of TMJ. To learn more about treatment options for teeth grinding and TMJ related disorders, give us a call at (970) 514-7010, or request an appointment online today.