What It Means to Have Bite Problems
Clenching and grinding your teeth together may not seem like a problem, but uncontrollably grinding your teeth (especially at night) could be a significant one. Known as bruxism, this grinding can lead to a host of issues, including tooth wear and damage to your jaw joints, which can inhibit your ability to bite and chew comfortably. The jaw dysfunction that often results from the stress, known as TMJ disorder, can also lead to a wide variety of symptoms, such as chronic jaw pain, headaches and migraines, and increased teeth-grinding. To treat your bite problem(s) and prevent your oral health from growing worse, we can often design a custom oral appliance that protects your teeth from grinding and helps support your jaw to ease the strain on its joints.
How a Custom Appliance Helps
For most bruxism patients, the underlying problem behind their teeth-grinding is an imbalance in their bite, such as TMJ disorder. The discomfort in your jaw’s joints and muscles can lead to uncomfortable, unconscious grinding. A custom-designed appliance, or guard, can help most patients alleviate their bruxism symptoms by preventing their teeth from grinding together at night. The guard is also designed to offer better support for your lower jaw, which allows your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints (TMJs) rest more comfortably. For optimal results, your dentist will design your appliance with the help of highly precise and detailed digital measurements of your teeth, jaws, and dental ridges, as well as an assessment of your bite’s alignment and function.
Stop Suffering from Bruxism and/or TMJ Disorder
Sometimes, symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder aren’t obvious, even when their effects have a notable impact on your quality of life. To learn how you can find relief, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.