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Teeth Grinding and Your Oral Health

Posted on February 5, 2014. Filed under: bruxism, Dental Care, Dental Health, dental night guard, Dental Treatment, General Dentistry, healthy teeth, mouth guard, teeth grinding | Tags: , , , , , |

Smile Savers Dentistry Columbia MDOccasional teeth grinding (bruxism) doesn’t generally cause harm, but when it is occurring on a regular basis, your teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications could develop.

Most people grind or clench their teeth from time to time, and although grinding can be caused by anxiety or stress, most times it occurs while asleep and is most likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing/misaligned teeth. Most people are usually unaware that they grind their teeth because it generally occurs while they are sleeping. But a sore jaw or constant, dull headache can be signs of bruxism.

Chronic teeth grinding can often lead to fracturing, loosening or loss of teeth. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to expensive dental work like bridges, crowns, root canals and even dentures. It can also affect your jaw or result in hearing loss, and it could even change the appearance of your face.

There are a few solutions you can try to help prevent grinding like avoiding caffeine and alcohol and training yourself to not clench or grind your teeth during the day. If stress seems to be the cause of the grinding, perhaps start an exercise program or seek stress counseling. Another solution is to get fitted with a night guard. The night guard will protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.

If you suspect you are grinding your teeth (or are being told that you are!), come in to the office for an exam. Call Smile Savers Dentistry at 410-730-6460 to make an appointment and to take advantage of our special offer for February: $100 off a custom night guard.

Expires 2/28/14
Offer Expires: 2/28/14

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A Word From Dental Assistant Carolyn: Facial Pain

Posted on May 16, 2012. Filed under: Dental Assistant, Dental Health, dental night guard, General Dentistry, Smile Savers Dentistry, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMJ, TMJ Disorder | Tags: , , , , , |

Dental Assistant Caroyln at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandDo you ever wake up with headaches and neck pain? Do you ever hear clicking or popping noises when you open and close your mouth? These things can be very annoying and painful, but you don’t have to put up with them forever. Many times they are symptoms of a TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder.

The TMJ is made up of muscles, ligaments and the lower jaw bone and there is one on each side of your head, near the ear. Together they allow you to open and close your mouth to chew and speak. Stress, grinding/clenching, misalignment of teeth and injury are factors that can contribute to TMJ disorder.

It is important to see a dentist for a complete exam and dental X-rays to be properly diagnosed before beginning any treatment. Sometimes the dentist will take models and a bite registration of your upper and lower teeth in order to evaluate how your teeth fit together. Treatment can include a night guard (we are having a special on those this month!) that prevents teeth grinding and clenching, orthodontic treatment like Invisalign, and also stress-reducing exercises. Your willingness to follow through with the prescribed treatment will determine how well and how quickly your TMJ responds.

There is no need to continue in pain if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Call our dental office in Columbia, MD today for an appointment. Proper diagnosis and treatment of TMJ can have you waking up refreshed and pain free in no time!

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