Do you clench or grind your teeth when stressed?
Bruxism is a condition defined by teeth clenching and grinding. Many patients may not even know they have bruxism as it can occur unconsciously during sleep. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht and his team provide treatment for patients who deal with teeth clenching and grinding in Indianapolis, IN. They work with patients to find the best solution that fits their particular needs. Know the signs of bruxism and learn how we treat the condition below.
Common Signs of Bruxism
This dental concern often appears through these multiple symptoms:
- Jaw pain
- Worn teeth
- Muscle tenderness
- Chronic facial pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Have you noticed any of these signs? Call our office at 317.204.7134. Some risk factors for developing bruxism include crooked, misaligned teeth and TMJ disorders. It is important to treat bruxism early before teeth are severely damaged. Teeth may crack due to the pressure that is exerted when clenching and grinding teeth.
How To Treat Bruxism
Prior to treatment, Dr. Ahlbrecht will assess your teeth to take note of any sites of damage. He offers oral appliance therapy that utilizes mouth guards that are custom to each patient. These mouth guards can be worn at night or during stressful situations to prevent tooth damage. They take the pressure off of the jaw and relieve the pain caused by bruxism. Some patients may need restorative or cosmetic solutions following mouth guard treatment. Crooked teeth can be treated with Invisalign and restorative treatments including dental crowns and dental implants may be utilized for patients with severe tooth damage or loss. Other more minor treatments used in tandem with oral appliances include ice packs, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety medications, and jaw stretching exercises.
Stop Jaw Pain Today
Address your bruxism at the source with professional comprehensive treatment. Call 317.204.7134. You can also request an appointment with one of our dentists. We are dedicated to performing high-quality dental care of the highest standard. Feel free to ask any further questions you may have about our services to a member of our staff. They will be happy to answer them for you.