Find Relief with Conservative Treatment for Bruxism
Occasional teeth grinding is common, especially among children and teenagers. When bruxism is severe and persistent, it can result in jaw pain, chipped teeth, or even tooth loss. Fortunately, bruxism is often easily treatable using mouth guards. Dr. Paul Archacki treats bruxism at his Boynton Beach, FL, clinic. Dr. Archacki is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Once he identifies the underlying cause of your teeth grinding, he can recommend the best course of action and treat any damaged teeth you have sustained.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Most people do not realize that they grind their teeth at night although they may notice the symptoms the following day. If you wake up with a sore jaw or stuff muscles, you may be one of the millions of adults in this country who suffer from bruxism. In fact, the American Sleep Association estimates that up to 10 percent of adults grind their teeth.
Bruxism can cause small cracks in the teeth and other damaging effects.
During your examination at our Boynton Beach dental office, Dr. Archacki will evaluate your teeth and jaw for several indicators. He will also discuss any symptoms you are experiencing. Some common symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Worn teeth
- Chips or small cracks in teeth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Sore jaw muscles
- Jaw pain
- Limited range of motion in the jaws
- Fractured teeth
If your teeth have sustained chips, cracks, or wear due to bruxism, Dr. Archacki can treat these issues as well. In many cases, dental crowns are the best way to strengthen weakened teeth and also create a more balanced, healthy bite.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
There is no single cause of bruxism, and doctors are still researching the root causes of the disorder. Bruxism is more common among children than adults and the condition is usually not treated until the adult teeth have all fully erupted.
Stress and work-related anxiety can cause periodic episodes of teeth grinding. Other patients experience bruxism as a result of jaw misalignment. Other known causes of bruxism include:
- Alcohol consumption
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Sleep apnea
- Missing teeth
Dr. Archacki believes that non-invasive treatments should be explored first. Surgery should only be sought as a last resort and if it is needed, we can recommend a trusted surgeon.
Dr. Archacki strives to treat bruxism in its early stages, saving you money on more complex treatment while preventing damage to your teeth.
Mouth guards, often referred to as oral splints, are worn directly over both arches of teeth. The oral appliances are worn at night and prevent the teeth from coming into contact. The mouth guards can also adjust the jaws to come into better alignment. Although over-the-counter mouth guards are available, only prescription devices can deliver predictable results. Dr. Archacki fabricates the appliances based on your unique bite characteristics.
Other treatment options for bruxism include orthodontics, the restoration of missing teeth, stress management therapy, and biofeedback sessions to retrain the jaw muscles.
Contact Our Office Today
Dr. Archacki strives to treat bruxism in its early stages, saving you money on more complex treatment while preventing damage to your teeth. Bruxism treatment can also have benefits for a patient’s overall quality of life. Although bruxism treatment is usually partially or fully covered by insurance, our dental clinic accepts CareCredit® financing. To schedule your next appointment, contact our Boynton Beach office online or call (561) 736-1177.
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