Beware Bruxism in Carrollton, TX
Bruxism (also known as teeth grinding) is a common condition that typically affects patients who experience a lot of daily stress. Left untreated, this condition can damage teeth and associated muscles, causing serious headaches, worn-down enamel, facial pain, and even the development of TMJ disorder over time. What’s worse is that a majority of people only experience bruxism when they sleep, leaving them confused about their symptoms. Here in Carrollton, TX, Dr. Marc Dandois takes this threat very seriously, and our team will work together with patients to both diagnose bruxism and provide lasting relief from it.
The big question for patients struggling with chronic bruxism is “how can I stop an unconscious habit?” Thankfully, there are ways to minimize damage and provide vital support. If Dr. Dandois determines that you’re in need of treatment after an in-depth evaluation, he can design a customized oral appliance (also known as a “nightguard”) that patients wear while asleep. This appliance will provide a strong barrier between the top and bottom row of teeth, reducing destructive contact and helping you rest easy at last.
If the regular use of a nightguard doesn’t fully treat your symptoms, there are alternative therapies that may be able to add to the effect, including the following:
- Management for regular feelings of stress/anxiety
- Facial massage/the stretching of muscles in the neck and facial region
- The application of ice and/or heat
- More sleep
- An alteration in diet (eating softer foods)
- Drinking more water on a daily basis
If Dr. Dandois determines that one or more teeth have experienced damage because of bruxism or TMJ disorder, our team will work to rebuild your smile with quality restorative solutions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’re experiencing troubling symptoms, or if it’s simply been a while since your last checkup. We look forward to making you a patient for life!