Do you habitually grind or clench your teeth, or have chronic pain in your jaw? You might be suffering from bruxism. Thankfully, Justin B. Jones, DDS, and the compassionate team of dental professionals at Jones Family Dental can help. Conveniently located in Tyler, Texas, Jones Family Dental is a trusted and reliable source for treating bruxism and improving smiles. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Bruxism is the chronic clenching and grinding of your teeth. Some patients do it throughout the day (awake bruxism), while others do it unconsciously at night (sleep bruxism).
Many patients of Jones Family Dental who have bruxism are not aware of it, either because they do it while sleeping or because they do it as an unconscious habit throughout the day. Some of the symptoms of bruxism that you or Dr. Jones might be able to notice include:
If you sleep with a partner, your partner might also be able to hear your grinding at night.
Stress and anxiety typically cause bruxism, but there are some non-psychological factors that can increase the likelihood of developing bruxism, such as:
Bruxism is also more common in young children, and instances of sleep bruxism tend to run in families.
Many cases of bruxism are mild and don’t actually need treatment, but more severe cases of bruxism can lead to a variety of health complications if left untreated, such as:
Bruxism also exerts a lot of unnecessary force on your teeth, which can lead to abnormal wear, fractures, and broken teeth.
The Jones Family Dental team recommends you wear a custom-fitted night guard that will keep your teeth separated from one another, effectively mitigating the damage that grinding and clenching can do to your smile.
The compassionate dental professionals at Jones Family Dental use a unique material for their night guards that enables them to alter the fit if you ever have any dental treatments that might slightly change the structure of your smile. This allows you to simply adjust your existing night guard rather than having to get a whole new device every time you have a procedure done on your teeth.
Stop clenching and grinding today. Schedule a bruxism appointment with the experts at Jones Family Dental by calling the office or booking a visit online.