If you are suffering from bruxism, you are not alone. Bruxism is a condition best known as teeth grinding or teeth clenching. This often occurs when you sleep and you may not even know that you are doing it. This condition can lead to other problems such as TMJ. TMJ is not a condition that you want to have to live with because it is painful. If you have been told you have bruxism or you think you may have bruxism, now is the time to call Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry and schedule your appointment with us.
The biggest indication that you may have bruxism is if you wake up in the morning with a headache or jaw pain. Other symptoms may be a sore jaw or even a sore throat. One of the biggest concerns about bruxism is that people do not know when they are doing it. In fact, you probably have no idea that your teeth may be clenched right now. The only time that you realize there is a problem is when you experience pain.
Fortunately, this is a common condition and many patients at Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry have it. You never need to be embarrassed or ashamed that you have this condition. Dr. Cho is ready to work with you and help you prevent this condition from continuing to occur.
When you come into our office, we will work with you to have a custom mouth guard fitted for your mouth and we will look over the damage that has been done to your teeth. If you have any tooth damage, you will need to have the damaged teeth fixed first. Bruxism is able to be stopped, but you do need to know what causes the condition. Stress is one of the main factors and may be the only reason for it. Below, Dr. Cho will provide you with some ways that you can help alleviate your bruxism.
1. Muscle Relaxer
While medications may not be your first option, you may need a muscle relaxer to relax your muscles and give your joints a break. This medication will be prescribed to you by Dr. Cho if he feels it is necessary. This method of treatment does work well for patients and will work for you too. If you prefer, Dr. Cho will try other options first before he relies on the help of a muscle relaxer.
2. Custom Mouth Guard
A custom mouth guard is one of the best solution for bruxism and it is affordable too. When you come into our office, impressions of your mouth will be take and sent to the lab. The lab will then create a mouth guard for you to wear. This guard is fitted to your mouth and will hug your teeth and remain in place. Patients should wear this guard when they sleep, as it will prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth, thus preventing damage that may occur.
Acupuncture is a homeopathic remedy that may work for your bruxism. If you suffer from teeth clenching because of stress, acupuncture may be the right choice. Acupuncture relieves stress in your body, which relaxes the muscles, and prevents the grinding. There is no harm in trying this method and you may find that it truly does help you.
4. Reduce Your Stress
It is important that you make sure to reduce as much stress as you can in your body. You need to learn how to effectively handle your stress, this way, you do not hold on to it and carry it into your sleep with you. The less stress that you experience, the less likely you will experience bruxism.
5. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol Before Bed
Coffee, soda, and alcohol all act as stimulants within your body and this means that they contribute to anxiety and stress. This then causes bruxism to occur when you sleep.
6. Dental Procedures
If your bruxism is not properly managed with the above options, Dr. Cho will work with you to determine what dental procedures may help you out. There are some options available to you and Dr. Cho will sit down with you and talk about them to ensure you fully understand what they are.
TMJ From Bruxism
As we mentioned briefly above, you can develop TMJ from bruxism. This is a painful condition and you may experience some of the following conditions:
- Uneven bite
- Facial pain
- Problems moving your jaw around
- Worn down teeth
- Clicking your jaw
- Jaw joint stiffness or pain
If you are experiencing TMJ, Dr. Cho is able to help you. Some of our TMJ therapy includes:
- Dental appliances, such as a mouth guard
- Stress management techniques
- Jaw realignment or adjustments
- Night guards
The treatment that is right for you will depend on your current situation and the severity of the condition. When you come into our office, Dr. Cho ill provide you with a full consultation. Dr. Cho will often perform a bite analysis on you. This takes place in our office and involves you simply biting down or asking you questions about the stress that you face. If it is determined that you do have bruxism or TMJ, Dr. Cho will work closely with you to help ensure you are able to return to good oral health.
Schedule Your Appointment with Us Today
If you are in pain, think you may have bruxism, or you have been told you have TMJ, now is the time to call our La Habra office. It is important that you seek out dental care immediately if you do have bruxism because it can lead to broken or chipped teeth.
If you are in need of care, contact Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cho. We are here to provide you with the care you need for your teeth and to alleviate bruxism.
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