Richard Fossum, DDS
2534 Blue Meadow Drive, Temple, TX 76502
(254) 778-3900  

Bruxism Therapy in Temple

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth and clench your jaw unconsciously and may occur during the day or while sleeping. Night time clenching is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and in such cases people are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea.

When teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. The constant pressure and motion can also harm muscles and tissues in and around the jaw.

The Facts About Bruxism

Common symptoms of bruxism include a dull, constant headache, earache or sore jaw when you wake up. Many times people learn they grind their teeth by their sleeping partners.

Why bruxism occurs is not always clear and rarely occurs alone. Causes may include job related stress, psychoactive substances, anxiety, poor eating and sleeping habits or misaligned teeth.

Constant clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear of your enamel over time, which will cause dental problems.

A Solid Solution

How can you stop an unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation will allow us to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we'll create an orthodontic appliance, also called a night-guard to prevent grinding and clenching.

Many types of night-guards exist and patients react differently to the various styles. If one appliance does not work, another may. In many cases, simply wearing a night-guard will eliminate the problem. However, if the condition persists, we can prescribe alternatives therapies to correct the issue. If your teeth were damaged because of bruxism our team will repair and treat you to provide relief.