How Your Dentist Can Help with Jaw Clenching or Grinding

Jaw clenching or grinding is one habit which people unconsciously make during the day or during the night while sleeping. This habit involves clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth leading to jaw pain and dental problems. If you experience headaches in the morning and feel tension or pain in your jaw, you may well be suffering from this condition. Although jaw clenching can be debilitating if left untreated, a capable dentist can prescribe the right treatment for your condition, so you never have to experience jaw discomfort or worry about misaligned teeth ever again.

What causes jaw clenching?

Jaw clenching can be traced back to different possible causes. This habit can develop unconsciously over time due to stress, intake of medications, changes in your daily diet, or may be the result of congenital jaw problems or deformities. Specialists normally refer to jaw clenching as bruxism or teeth grinding. You may be aware of instances wherein you are clenching jaws or grinding teeth but most of the time, bruxism occurs as an involuntary reflex and takes place especially when you are sleeping. This is why this habit often leads to more serious jaw conditions and dental problems in the long run.

The things you can do to manage jaw clenching or grinding

Many instances of jaw clenching especially at night and during sleep are often the result of a stressful lifestyle. If you think that stress is a primary contributor to your jaw clenching problems, you might want to reexamine which instances in your daily life are causing you stress and anxiety. Certain diet changes can also be made to lessen or altogether eliminate the occurence of jaw clenching. Since certain types of medications are known to result in teeth grinding or bruxism, you might also want to adopt certain changes in the type of medications you’re taking. Competent and reliable dentists can also work with you on your jaw clenching problems through a device which you can wear at night, especially during your sleeping hours.

How Village Smiles can help you with jaw clenching

Village Smiles is a dental clinic in Pittsford, New York that provides a wide range of dental services, from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Headed by renowned dentist Dr. Paul Schwedfeger, and his son Dr. Matt Schwedfeger, Village Smiles offers treatment for jaw clenching. Now you don’t have to suffer through headache pain, sore jaw, and neck pain especially upon waking up. A device called NTI-tss or Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Supression System can be custom-made by Dr. Paul or Dr. Matthew Schwedfeger, which will then be fitted over the top of your two front teeth. This device will be worn at night so that clenching or grinding will be minimized, and eventually eliminated.

Jaw clenching very often results in pain and discomfort, and will lead to misaligned teeth after some time. A competent and reliable dental professional can provide you with a well-fitting device that is tailor-made to follow the natural curve of your teeth and mouth. By making the needed consultations and following the necessary instructions in using the device, you can overcome jaw clenching and its long-term effects on your oral health.

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