Enjoy treatment for bruxism with a San Antonio, TX dentist

Bruxism is a common problem amongst adults. It is the subconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth during sleep. Dr. Philip Miner of San Antonio, TX, can spot the telltale signs of bruxism as it can significantly damage the smile. Patients with bruxism may not only see changes in their dental health, but they may deal with problems such as facial pain, arthritis, and earaches. In situations where a patient’s smile is impacted by bruxism, patients need to get a proper diagnosis from a professional at Miner Dental and find effective treatment options for their unique needs.

What causes bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that patients can’t avoid if they have it. It sometimes comes and goes depending on stress. For others, it is a chronic condition that continues. That is why patients must work with their dentist to get a diagnosis of bruxism and discuss possible treatment options.

How to stop bruxism

For patients who experience bruxism due to stress, Dr. Miner may suggest stress management techniques. However, for others, protecting the teeth from damage is vital. Treatment of bruxism may include the use of anti-anxiety medications, oral appliances, or specialized mouthguards. Appliances and mouthguards are worn at night to help cushion the upper and lower teeth of the bite and reduce any damage that can occur from bruxism. Additionally, it helps keep the jaw appropriately aligned and reduces tension, resulting in chronic headaches and earaches.

Can bruxism be cured?

Bruxism, at this time, cannot be cured, but by using special devices and treatment options, patients can reduce the damage and discomfort associated with bruxism. It can also keep patients from experiencing coexisting conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder, sometimes referred to as TMJ or TMD.

Do you deal with teeth grinding and clenching?

You may need to work with a dentist to reduce the damage this condition can cause to the smile. Call Dr. Philip Miner’s front office team today at (210) 934-5265 to book a consultation visit at 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite #825.