Bruxism is the medical term for unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth, especially at night. If it’s not treated, bruxism can cause serious damage to your teeth or restorations or develop into a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. You may also experience frequent tension-type headaches or increasingly severe jaw or facial pain.
Drs. Campbell and Sparks will check for indications of teeth clenching and grinding during your regular checkups at Norman Smile Center. They’ll check for abnormalities like broken or missing teeth and tenderness, pain, or sensitivity in your jaw. They will also use X-rays or dental imaging to look for damage to your teeth and jaw.
Drs. Campbell and Sparks may recommend some preventative measures to help preserve the health of your teeth, reduce any discomfort you may be experiencing, and prevent further damage, such as a night mouth guard or Botox therapy.
Night mouth guards are removable oral appliances made of hard acrylic that fit snugly over the upper or lower teeth. By keeping the teeth separated and placing the jaw joint in a more favorable position, mouth guards reduce the impact of your teeth clenching together, avoiding further damage and allowing your facial muscles to relax.
Don’t let bruxism bust your beautiful smile. If you are concerned that you or your child may be suffering from night teeth grinding and clenching, call Norman Smile Center today at 405-329-6603 to schedule an exam and evaluation with Dr. Campbell or Dr. Sparks. We’re always accepting new patients, and we’re ready to help you treat and manage your bruxism symptom.