Bruxism is a teeth-grinding dental condition that can happen at any age. It may be the result of anxiety and stress. Missing and crooked teeth or an irregular bite can make a person more prone to bruxism than others.
Most people may not be aware that they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs involuntarily. This can affect your teeth and result in their deterioration. Hence it becomes crucial that you receive treatment for your condition at the earliest.
At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we use multiple dental solutions to treat bruxism at its source and provide our patients with the best treatment for their unique needs.
Why Should You Get Treated for Bruxism?
Here are a few reasons why bruxism should be treated promptly:
- Tooth Loss and Gum Recession
Bruxism is one of the primary reasons for tooth loss and gum recession. This condition will damage the soft tissue directly and loosen the teeth. Additionally, it can create pockets where bacteria can breed and destroy the supporting bone.
The uncharacteristic wear on the chewing surfaces can lead to fractures in the teeth, necessitating restorative treatment.
In chronic and severe cases, bruxing can, in due course, lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
The grinding connected with bruxism can ultimately shorten and blunt the teeth. This can lead to myofascial pain and incapacitating headaches.
What Are the Treatments for Bruxism?
There is no complete cure yet for bruxism. What we do have are various helpful devices and tools that treat the symptoms. Here are some of them:
An acrylic mouthguard fabricated from tooth impressions could minimize the teeth grinding during normal sleep. Mouthguards should be worn long-term to help prevent tooth impairment, damage to the temporomandibular joint and help stabilize the occlusion.
The NTI-tss device is designed to prevent the rear molars from grinding by restricting the temporalis muscle’s contraction.
Botox can be administered directly into the muscles to relax and loosen them. It is an excellent treatment for bruxism because it loosens the muscles adequately to prevent teeth grinding. At the same time, they cause no interference with everyday mouth functions.
Other techniques include relaxation exercises, stress management education, and biofeedback mechanisms.
Call us at Ryan Rush DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO 80526, at (970) 223-5393, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush if you have questions or concerns about bruxism.