Do you suffer from tooth grinding in Santa Rosa? Technically known as bruxism, the habitual or involuntary grinding and clenching of your teeth abrades teeth and may cause facial pain worn teeth.
People who grind and clench their teeth are called bruxers, and are often unaware they have the condition. This may be because they are clenching or grinding during their sleep, or simply because they don’t notice the habit. In addition to grinding teeth, bruxers also may bite their fingernails and pencils, and chew the inside of their cheek. Others mistakenly believe their teeth must touch at all times.
About one in three people suffer from bruxism, but many aren’t diagnosed until the condition has caused significant damage. The good news is that Dr. Albers offers a number of simple treatment options for tooth grinding in Santa Rosa.
People who suffer from tooth grinding in Santa Rosa may also experience pain in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which often manifests as popping and clicking.
Tongue indentations also indicate clenching, and neck and jaw pain in the morning are commonly associated with bruxism at night.grinding teeth
splint in mouthOur bruxism treatments are designed to teach patients to rest the tongue, teeth and lips properly. When some people become aware of their habitual grinding, simply advising them to rest their tongue upward with teeth apart and lips shut may be enough to change their behavior and relieve discomfort.
We can also make a plastic mouth appliance, such as a night guard, to absorb the force of biting. This appliance can prevent future damage to the teeth and helps permanently change the habit of tooth grinding in Santa Rosa.
Another treatment option for daytime clenching is biofeedback, which uses electronic instruments to measure muscle activity and teach patients how to reduce muscle activity when the biting force becomes too great.
Researchers are also looking for other ways of treating bruxism, especially for those who tend to clench in their sleep.
To discuss treating your tooth grinding in Santa Rosa, please phone Dr. Albers’ office on (707) 575-1190 to make an appointment today.