Prevent Chronic Teeth Grinding and Clenching
If you have bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, you may suffer from frequent headaches, facial pain, and dental damage. Dr. Foust can ease your discomfort and save your smile with custom-made oral appliances.
Are You a Candidate for Bruxism Treatment?
Bruxism can affect children and adults of all ages. Most frequently, it is the result of stress or dental misalignment. Often, teeth grinding takes place at night, so you may be unaware that you have this condition. However, there are several symptoms that may indicate chronic bruxing. If you suffer from any of the following, you may be a good candidate for treatment:
- Jaw or facial pain
- Chronic headaches, especially around your temples
- Dental erosion
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Dental sensitivity
- Sores on the inside of your cheeks
How Do We Treat Bruxism?
Oral splints and mouthguards are the most common treatment for bruxism. Dr. Foust will take impressions of your teeth, and offsite lab technicians will create a device that fits comfortably and securely in your mouth. Some mouthguards will simply prevent grinding by keeping your teeth from touching. Oral splints will actually realign your jaw. Typically, you will only need to wear your mouthpiece at night, but Dr. Foust will provide specific instructions for your individual care.
How You Can Benefit from Treatment
Bruxism treatment has a number of advantages for your dental health, as well as your overall physical wellness:
- Treatment can prevent structural damage and tooth loss, preserving your dental functionality and the appearance of your smile.
- After treatment, you could enjoy significant relief from jaw pain and headaches, as well as neck and shoulder tension.
- Your mouthguard or oral splint can help you get a better night’s sleep.
- Bruxism treatment can reduce your risk for TMJ Disorder.
Ask Dr. Foust About Bruxism Treatment
If you experience any of the symptoms of bruxism, then ask Dr. Foust if you can benefit from customized treatment. To schedule a consultation, call Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230. Since 2006, Dr. Foust has proudly served the residents of Ankeny, IA, as well as residents from Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.