Do you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, chronic headaches, or jaw pain and soreness? For millions of Americans, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, could be the cause of chronic pain in the facial region.
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With record numbers of Americans reporting stress and anxiety, which is the main cause of teeth grinding, it’s no wonder so many people are suffering headaches, jaw pain, and dental problems than ever before.The good news is that Dr. Miles Moore and the team at Memphis Center for Cosmetic Dentistry have a solution.
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What is bruxism, or teeth grinding?
Bruxism may refer to the act of clenching or grinding your teeth together. Many people do this subconsciously, or without realizing it, in their sleep or in times of stress. Even children as young as two and three can grind their teeth to alleviate stress and tooth pain from teething.
What are the signs of bruxism, or teeth grinding?
How do you know if you grind your teeth at night? If you’re experiencing two or more of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance you grind your teeth.
How bad is it to grind your teeth?
Did you know that the enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body? Your teeth are much stronger than you may realize. While you may not think teeth grinding is a serious issue, the reality is you can suffer severe damage and pain as a result of bruxism. Made of 96% mineral material, your teeth have the ability to create 200 pounds of force when you chomp down! This amount of pressure is great for breaking food down into more manageable sizes for digestion, but not so great for people who inadvertently grind their teeth.
How do you stop teeth grinding?
The most common form of treatment for bruxism is a night guard. Night guards are worn during sleep so that the teeth and jaw are protected from grinding, clenching, and excessive movement. Many people who suffer from TMJ pain or chronic headaches have also found comfort from the use of a night guard.
How does a night guard work?
Night guards are similar to protective mouth pieces worn by athletes. By keeping the teeth and jaw secure, motion is limited, which prevents the teeth from coming in contact with each other and causing pain and soreness. Because mouth guards are custom fitted to match your bite, they are comfortable and painless to wear. Night guard also lasts up to 10 years or more, so you don’t have to make frequent trips to the dentist to get refitted.
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Where can I get treatment for teeth grinding in Memphis?
Do you grind your teeth? Is your jaw suffering from the result of teeth grinding? Request a consultation today to learn more about how Dr. Moore and the team at Memphis Center for Cosmetic Dentistry can help.
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