Do you ever wake up with a sore and tired jaw? Do you find yourself unknowingly grinding away at your teeth? If so, you may have a medical condition known as bruxism. The causes of bruxism are not completely agreed upon, but the most typically agreed upon factor is stress.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common problem that affects people of all ages. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to tooth erosion, headaches, ear pain and even jaw alignment issues that require corrective surgery. The good news is that these negative oral health effects caused by bruxism are preventable with corrective gear provided by an experienced professional like your San Ramon dentist, Dr. Kachalia. In order to prevent bruxism from occurring, San Ramon dentist Dr. Kachalia can offer patients with bruxism several treatment options. The most common treatment involves a protective dental guard or mouth splint. This splint is inserted over the top teeth in order to prevent them from grinding against the bottom teeth.
Patients suffering from bruxism should never have to suffer alone. Your San Ramon dentist is here to help with any teeth grinding issues before it leads to tooth erosion or other serious oral health issues. Sometimes treating bruxism requires outside stress management practices, but this should always be in addition to your oral health care. If you would like to require more information regarding the treatment of bruxism from a dentist in San Ramon, feel free to give us a call today at (925) 804-6440.