Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding in West Austin

Many people often find themselves waking up with headaches. Or, they notice their jaw is tightly clenched even during the day.
Chronic grinding and gritting the teeth is a condition known as bruxism. It’s often due to stress and may happen while a person is asleep and unable to do anything about it.
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Issues Caused by Teeth Grinding

While grinding teeth is quite common, when left untreated, this consistent tension and grinding of the teeth can lead to damage like:
  • TMJ disorder
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Flat, chipped, or worn teeth
  • Broken dental work
  • Muscle tension throughout the face, neck, and shoulders
  • Limited range of motion in the TMJ
  • Difficulty eating
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)

Treatments for Grinding

Much of the muscle contraction due to grinding is attributed to stress and habits. Since neither of these is easy for a person to get rid of on their own, talking to Dr. Smith is a great place to start. He may recommend a treatment or combination of therapies such as bite splints and deprogrammers. These adjust the way the jaw is positioned when in a resting state, preventing it from fully engaging and tensing the muscles.

Schedule a Visit Today

For those who suspect they grind their teeth, Dr. Smith would love to speak with them and help them understand how it could be affecting their oral health. Learn more by contacting the office today to book a visit.

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Teeth Grinding West Austin, Northwest Hills, 78731 TX

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