Do you suffer from chronic headaches, jaw pain, or even fatigue?
If this sounds familiar, you may be grinding your teeth while you are asleep. This common condition of grinding teeth together while sleeping is also referred to as bruxism. Bruxism, often occurring during sleep, frequently goes undiagnosed leaving the teeth and jaw bone susceptible to further damage. Patients are often unaware that they grind their teeth until additional oral health concerns have already begun to develop. If you experience frequent headaches, especially in the morning, be sure to let Dr. Eddie Pruitt know the next time you visit our Houston dentist office.
Habitual teeth grinding is often the cause of other common dental health concerns. Bruxism can cause excessively worn teeth, gum disease, and TMJ related symptoms. TMJ is commonly caused by the repeated and habitual grinding of the teeth. Teeth grinding causes the jaw muscles to become tense and overworked and can damage the joint. Teeth grinding can also cause shifting, loosening or loss of teeth. Our Houston area dentist office offers oral sleep appliances as treatment and protection against teeth grinding.
Bruxism or Teeth Grinding Can cause:
- Gum recession
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Occlusal trauma
- Myofascial pain
Teeth Grinding & TMJ
A temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is caused when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or the jaw joint, is not working properly. Patients who clench their jaws or habitually grind their teeth often experience TMJ symptoms. A chronic pain disorder, TMJ can begin to impact the quality of a patients life and deteriorate their oral health. Teeth grinding, like many oral health conditions, can cause a domino effect of dental health issues. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the development of subsequent oral health concerns.There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for TMJ.
Treatment plans for bruxism and TMJ are designed to restore oral health by addressing the underlying cause and relieving common painful symptoms. Dr. Pruitt will take into consideration the progression and underlying cause of your symptoms and the condition of your oral health when helping you build a personalized treatment plan.
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As a Dawson Academy alumni, Dr. Pruitt has advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of occlusal disorders and provides patients with comprehensive bite analysis for precise treatment. He has over 35 years of experience treating complex oral health cases including teeth grinding and TMJ. To learn more about treatment options for teeth grinding and TMJ related disorders, contact our Houston, TX dentist office at (281) 407-4455 or schedule a consultation online.