At our Naugatuck, CT dental office, we offer comprehensive oral evaluations to diagnose and treat common dental conditions. Millions of Americans suffer from a clenching and grinding habit known as bruxism. Bruxism can cause premature wear to your teeth, headaches, jaw pain, muscle pain, and even cracked teeth.
We incorporate bruxism exams into our regular exams and look for signs of clenching or grinding. This can include looking for signs of tooth wear, bite marks on the insides of your cheeks, bony growths beneath your tongue called tori, and tooth fractures. We also test your muscle tension.
Using an intraoral camera, we can show you many of these signs of wear. You may even be able to feel tori with your tongue. Left untreated, bruxism may cause long-term problems such as tooth sensitivity, headaches, facial tension, jaw conditions (temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD), and even tooth loss.
We treat bruxism with a custom nightguard. Wearing a nightguard places a barrier between your upper and lower teeth, guiding the jaw into a more comfortable position and allowing for relief of muscle tension – a common cause of headaches.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, call us to learn more about how we can restore your comfort and protect your smile.