Do you ever think of your teeth as breakable? As they are coated in the body’s hardest substance (enamel), you probably do not. However, while teeth certainly aren’t fragile, it is possible for them to break when they are worn down over time. One of the most common ways that teeth suffer wear is through bruxism (teeth grinding). Bruxism typically occurs during sleep, when people are unaware of the fact that they are weakening their teeth by forcing them to slide against one another. Unfortunately, because bruxism can go undetected for long periods of time it is possible for a broken tooth to occur before the habit is discovered. However, by attending regular dental visits, your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, can examine your teeth for signs of wear, and if he discovers any, provide you with a dental mouthpiece to wear for the protection of your teeth.
Because bruxism can damage teeth, it is important to recognize its symptoms. Some common symptoms of bruxism include sensitivities in teeth (especially in the mornings), visual signs of wear on teeth, a sore jaw, and a popping or clicking jaw. In addition, bruxism also places the jaw joints (or TMJs) under strain and if the strain continues, a TMJ disorder may develop. TMJ disorders create a number of debilitating symptoms including frequent headaches, migraines, facial pain, jaw pain, a locked jaw, and earaches. Therefore, if you notice any of these symptoms, bruxism could be the culprit.
If you are suffering from symptoms of bruxism or a TMJ disorder, your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, can provide you with relief. Dr. Miller often suggests that patients wear a dental mouthpiece, or occlusal splint, made from acrylic resin. These mouthpieces fit over teeth and should be worn during the night to prevent damage from clenching and grinding. In addition to providing you with a dental mouthpiece, Dr. Miller may discuss the underlying factors behind bruxism including stress and anxiety. Oftentimes, lifestyles changes and programs such as stress management, yoga, and other exercises can relieve stress and eliminate bruxism at its true source.
About Snowpark Dental: Dr. Mark Miller of Snowpark Dental is a respected dentist with extensive training in implantology. Patients can contact Dr. Miller by calling (505) 596-4479 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.
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