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Bruxism Prevention & Treatment in Madison, WI

Don't live with constant teeth grinding that could ruin your beautiful smile. Contact Total Care Dental for bruxism treatment and prevention. We offer effective dental health care services to eliminate bruxism. Our specialists will devise a plan to prevent further damage and save your precious smile.

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE BRUXISM?
COMMON CAUSES OF BRUXISM
TREATMENTS & CURES OF BRUXISM
LIFESTYLE CHANGES TO STOP BRUXISM

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, also known as chronic teeth grinding, is a condition involving involuntary teeth clenching (bruxing) and jaw clenching. Frequent in sleep but possible during waking hours, Bruxism wears down teeth, increases tooth sensitivity and jaw pain, and causes headaches and earaches. Repetitive grinding can even cause gum recession and jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

During bruxing, the facial muscles around the jaw and sides of the skull experience overexertion. This overuse can cause tenderness, muscle spasms and painful headaches. Ground teeth are more likely to crack and fall out. Initial signs of bruxism can be hard to notice, so you may be unaware of your condition. Our comprehensive dentists are specialists in spotting the early warning signs of teeth grinding. Regular dental visits will allow our dentists to monitor signs of grinding and accurately diagnose.

Common causes of bruxism

How Do I Know if I Have Bruxism?

Some people do not realize they clench their teeth at night until told. If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with our dentists right away.

  • Involuntary or severe teeth grinding/clenching
  • Teeth become worn, chipped or loose
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Unexplained headaches, jaw pain, facial soreness or earaches
  • Tongue indentations

 

Sleep Bruxism

Most people are unaware they grind their teeth since most clenching and grinding occur during sleep. You might wake up with a sore jaw and not know the cause. Regular visits to TCD Madison will allow us to spot changes in your teeth caused by nocturnal teeth grinding. Bruxism is considered a sleep disorder since the symptoms can lead to restless nights and insomnia. Treatment will protect your teeth and improve your ability to sleep!

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Bruxism tooth pain causes

What Causes Bruxism?

There are several possible causes of bruxism, including stress, anxiety and certain medications. In some cases, bruxism may be related to sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. Having a family history of bruxism can increase your chances of developing this condition.

 

Additional Bruxism Causes:

  • Tension from anxiety, stress, anger or frustration
  • Malocclusion (misaligned upper and lower teeth)
  • Sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
  • Response to a painful earache or teething in children
  • Acid reflux
  • Drinking alcohol or smoking
  • A side effect of some psychiatric medications

 

Madison's Best Bruxism Detection Dentist

Many dentists fail to diagnose and treat bruxism because the process of grinding down teeth takes place over many years. At Total Care Dental, we use dental X-rays and 3D imaging for accurate diagnosis. Digital images allow our dentists to track the changes in your teeth caused by grinding.

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Bruxism tooth pain causes
Treatments and cures for bruxism

Treatments and Possible Cures for Bruxism in Madison

The key to preventing bruxism is treatment when the first signs appear. Prepare for your dental appointment by listing symptoms and possible causes, and gathering relevant medical records. You may have a few questions to ask about where to go from here as well.

 

Questions to Consider:

  • What kinds of tests do you recommend?
  • Is my bruxism temporary or long-term?
  • What treatment do you recommend?
  • How should I manage my bruxism with my other health conditions?
  • Should I follow any restrictions?
  • Is there a brochure or other informational material I can have?

The treatment you receive will depend on the cause and type of bruxism you have. If you grind due to misaligned teeth, Invisalign clear braces may correct the problem. If you have sleep bruxism, you may need a night mouth guard. You may be recommended other forms of treatment like medication to relax your jaw muscles.

 

More Bruxism Treatment Tactics

If diagnosed at an early stage, our dentists will recommend a fitted occlusal guard for you to wear at night to relax the jaw muscles and prevent teeth from wearing down. High-performance mouthguards will help reduce grinding during the day. When significant wear occurs, we may recommend building your teeth back to their original size for proper functioning.

 

Health Issues Related to Bruxism

While our treatment options will protect your teeth and jaw, bruxism can be a side effect of other health conditions. After receiving a bruxism diagnosis, check with your primary care physician to see if you have any related disorders. Sleep apnea can lead to night bruxism while ADHD can cause awake bruxism.

Teeth grinding can cause damage to dental crowns and veneers. Getting treated early will prevent many of these issues. If your teeth are damaged from grinding, our restorative dentists will go over potential options to restore their appearance.

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Home remedies to stop teeth grinding

Home Remedies to Stop Teeth Grinding

Before your appointment with Total Care Dental, see if you can relieve your symptoms at home. Trying a few at-home remedies can make determining the cause of your teeth grinding and jaw clenching easier. See our guide on the best home remedies to prevent and cope with teeth grinding from bruxism.

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Home remedies to stop teeth grinding

Common Questions About Bruxism

Q: Is teeth grinding normal?

A: No, grinding your teeth is not normal. Bruxism, a condition of teeth grinding and jaw clenching, can occur when you are awake or asleep. Either version can cause damage to your teeth as the repetitive grinding motion wears down your teeth. Sometimes grinding is a result of stress; other times it is related to disorders like TMJ. Treatment ranges from stress relief to wearing a mouth guard.

Q: What is an occlusal guard?

A: An occlusal guard is a u-shaped piece of plastic, much like a traditional sports mouth guard. They are used to treat bruxism (grinding of the teeth). Occlusal guards are typically made of clear acrylic plastic and are custom fitted to your mouth by your dentist. Having a dentist fit your occlusal guard to your mouth ensures the guard fits comfortably and doesn’t fall out during the night.

Q: Can bruxism be cured?

A: Bruxism can often be managed and controlled, but it is not typically a condition that can be completely cured. But with proper treatment, the symptoms of bruxism can be significantly reduced and well-controlled to where they are no longer noticeable.

Work closely with your dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual bruxism. With proper treatment and management, achieving effective control of bruxism and reducing the risk of complications is possible.

Q: What type of treatment is most effective for bruxism?

A: The type of treatment most effective for your case of bruxism will depend on the severity and uniqueness of your condition. Common bruxism treatment options include mouthguards or splints, cognitive-behavioral therapy, jaw-relaxing medications or lifestyle changes like reducing caffeine intake and avoiding alcohol.

Q: What happens if bruxism is left untreated?

A: Untreated bruxism can lead to the development of unwanted pain points in your mouth, jaw and head including:

  • Tooth wear where the teeth are weakened and at greater risk of fracture
  • Tooth sensitivity as the enamel is ground away exposing underlying layers
  • Jaw pain including the muscles of the jaw
  • Headaches with the potential to become migraines
  • Earaches as jaw and neck muscles become tense
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) in the worst cases where lower jaw pain makes chewing and talking painful

Q: Does dental insurance cover night guards?

A: Night guards in many cases will be covered by your insurance if they are deemed medically necessary. Check with us for the full details of your insurance plan’s coverage for accurate confirmation.

Affordable Bruxism Treatment in Madison

Total Care Dental accepts most dental insurance providers and has many payment plan options. We want all of our patients to be able to afford the care they need. We even accept cash as payment! Learn more about our dental financing today or call our offices for more information on low-cost bruxism treatment.

 

Schedule a consultation with our dentists to learn about bruxism treatment or dental tooth replacement options for damaged teeth.

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Dr. Brett Clark

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

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