Ankeny, IA, dentist offers treatment for bruxism

We Can Help You Stop Grinding Your Teeth

When it comes to your oral health, there can be more concerns than cavities and gum disease. Bruxism is a condition that causes patients to clench their jaws together or grind their teeth. This disorder can cause harm to your pearly whites and your oral health. The team at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, can help treat this problem so that your smile is not at risk of becoming severely damaged.

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Bruxism Can Harm Your Smile

As mentioned earlier, bruxism causes patients to chronically grind their teeth together. If you do this on occasion due to stress or tension, you may not have this disorder. However, if you do this frequently or without being aware, it may be a sign that there is a serious problem. There are many reasons why a patient may be doing this. It could be due to misalignment, certain personality types, genetics, and more. In many cases, this can happen when you are unaware or asleep. Signs of this condition can include waking up with headaches, facial pain, or having sensitive teeth.

While these symptoms may seem like a mild inconvenience, this disorder can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. When you frequently grind your teeth, it can cause them to be worn down and can be at higher risk of damage. As a result, you may need several restorations to repair fractures or cavities. This can be expensive and inconvenient for you. It can also interrupt your sleep, which can harm your physical and mental health overtime.

An Oral Appliance Can Reduce Symptoms

Your dentist can help treat this disorder. At your next appointment, they may be able to see signs of wear and tear. You can also mention symptoms you may be experiencing, such as headaches or facial pain. Together, these signs can help the diagnosis process. Once diagnosed, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you. One helpful non-invasive method is with an oral appliance. This looks like a retainer and can help protect your pearly whites from clenching together.

An impression will be taken of your oral cavity to create your appliance. Over-the-counter options are available, but they will not be tailored to your needs. When your custom appliance is created, it will be checked for size and fit. Then, your dentist will instruct you on how to use it. You should wear it every night to protect your teeth from grinding against each other. In the morning, you may be able to notice less soreness or sensitivity to the area. Along with this treatment, you can discuss restoration options with your team to repair your damaged teeth once the condition is manageable.

Schedule An Appointment With Us Today

We can help you treat bruxism without surgery. call Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA at (515) 965-0230. to schedule an appointment.