Grinding Teeth, Can A Coral Springs Dentist Help?
Grinding Teeth, Can A Coral Springs Dentist Help?
Have you noticed that you grind your teeth for no real reason, or does your spouse tell you that you grind your teeth while you are sleeping? Why does this happen and what can you do to prevent it? When you visit your Coral Springs dentist, this is something that you are going to want to discuss with him. Teeth grinding is called bruxism in the medical field, and typically if done on occasion, it is okay. However, if this is a constant habit, it can damage your teeth.
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Many folks grind their teeth if they are anxious or are going through a stressful moment. But if it is more than just a controlled momentary thing, then it will lead to loosening or breaking of the teeth. You may also end up wearing down your teeth. Bruxism may also cause headaches, earaches, and jaw disorders. If you sleep alone, you may not realize that you are doing this, you may notice that your sleep is disrupted for unknown reasons or you may have soreness in your jaw, neck, or face. Not only do people grind their teeth due to stress, it can also be related to misaligned teeth. Other symptoms include teeth that are loose or chipped, worn tooth enamel, tired jaws, and increased tooth pain. Bruxism is one of the leading causes of gum recession and tooth loss. Although teeth grinding at a minimum won’t cause much damage, if ignored or if it becomes more constant, it can lead to expensive reconstructive work. This bad habit can also lead to TMJ, which is called temporomandibular joint disorder. This disorder will cause extreme jaw pain, as well as tissue and joint damage. Knowing that this seemingly bad habit can cause so much damage to your teeth and expensive dental work, shouldn’t you contact our Coral Springs dentist for an appointment as soon as possible?
Now, if your teeth grinding is due to misaligned teeth, our dentist in Coral Springs can talk to you about treatment methods to help. We can also discuss with you the condition of your teeth and any procedures that may need to be done. If your teeth are misaligned, then, we would take X-rays to determine what type of treatment would be needed to correct them, also, impressions will be made of your teeth. If the case is just a misaligned bite, then the dentist will probably fit you for a removable retainer, in some cases, you may need braces. If the reason is due to tooth overcrowding, then the dentist may discuss with you a procedure to remove a tooth or more to fix the problem. If the dentist has determined that a tooth or teeth have been worn down, he may need to place crowns on the tooth to repair it. Not only do adults grind their teeth, but also children do. It is estimated that about two to three kids out of every ten have this habit. Luckily, most children do grow out of it over time, however, it is something that you will want to make the dentist aware of. Most of the time, kids will just need a nighttime mouth guard to prevent the grinding which will cause further damage. Even though the child’s teeth are not permanent, grinding can lead to toothaches due to exposed enamel until the new adult teeth come in.
If the grinding has not caused significant damage to your teeth, your Coral Springs dentist may fit you for a mouth guard. Yes, we all know that you can purchase a mouth guard in a drug store or at a sports store, but they are not the same thing. When the dentist fits you with a mouth guard, he is designing it specifically for your mouth and teeth. There are techniques that you can try in order to lessen the stress related grinding at night. Some of these techniques include meditation, eating well, omitting caffeine from your diet, avoiding smoking or beverages containing alcohol, add supplements like calcium and magnesium to your vitamin regimen, and try some techniques to relax before bed. These techniques can include taking a warm bath, drinking non-caffeinated tea, read a book, or tune into some calming music.
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Whether you are a new patient to Barbag Dental in Coral Springs or are a regular, we want you to know that we care about your oral health and will do what we can to take care of any dental issues that you may have. Our office staff can review payment plans to fit your budget as well as offering Care Credit® which is a type of financing program that will allow for extended payment plans for your dental care. You shouldn’t allow the worries of treatment cost to stop you from getting a beautiful smile. Whether you need basic dental work, restorations, oral surgery, or want a cosmetic dentistry procedure done, we can work with your budget. We also accept most dental insurances including most PPO’s. In our Coral Springs office, our goal is to provide all of our client’s high-quality dentistry and offer them affordable fees. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We love new clients and welcome all ages. Don’t forget, if you are having a dental emergency, call us right away and we will do everything possible to treat you as soon as possible! Our office staff is dedicated to our clients and will always offer you a friendly and caring experience. To contact us for an appointment, click here. We look forward to seeing you.