Are you experiencing constant headaches, especially in the minutes after waking up?
Over time, teeth grinding (bruxism) can weaken the teeth and lead to the development of complex dental problems. More specifically, teeth grinding can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When the TMJ is damaged, everyday tasks like speaking, chewing, and laughing can become difficult and even painful. It is essential to visit a trusted, experienced dentist to ensure that the health and function of your smile are not compromised. Dr. Henrich can conduct a full exam and may recommend TMJ therapy for relief.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Persistent teeth grinding can affect the aesthetic and function of your natural teeth. Many patients do not realize they grind their teeth until they visit the dentist. It is important to schedule regular dental checkups so that Dr. Henrich can examine your smile and treat your teeth before a more complex dental problem develops. If you are noticing worn teeth, jaw pain, fractured teeth, and headaches, especially in the morning, you may want to schedule an appointment to visit Henrich Dental.
Signs of teeth grinding may include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic earache
- Dull teeth
- Worn teeth
Treatments For Teeth Grinding
Dr. Frank Henrich offers a range of treatments for patients with bruxism. During your consultation, Dr. Henrich will examine your smile, address any dental concerns you may have, and discuss your dental goals. Our goal is to help each patient achieve a healthy, functional smile, so we work with you to provide the dental care you to reach optimal oral health.
- Mouthguard: Dr. Henrich may suggest treatments like an oral sleep appliance mouthguard to protect the teeth from grinding while you sleep. A custom fit mouthguard can help protect your smile from further damage and discomfort. Our mouthguards are custom made so that they fit securely and comfortably in each patient’s mouth. Your new mouthguard will help properly align the jaw and prevent grinding overnight.
- Reduce stress: Talk to Dr. Henrich about safe and effective ways to reduce stress. Sometimes teeth grinding can be linked to anxiety and stress you may feel on a day-to-day basis. Try activities like yoga, exercise, and other stress-relieving activities that may help reduce bruxism.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are exhibiting symptoms of teeth grinding, please feel free to set up a consultation with Dr. Henrich at Henrich Dental in Tulsa, OK. Finding the right solution for your teeth grinding can help improve the quality of life by alleviating painful and uncomfortable symptoms associated with teeth grinding. Contact Henrich dental by calling (918) 208-0273 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your smile!