Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Treating Bruxism (Teeth Grinding and Clenching) in Glendora

how to treat bruxism teeth grindingProfessional dental care focuses on protecting your long-term oral health. It involves providing treatments for conditions that impact your dental function and bite. Dr. Anna Lee is experienced in treating teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism. She offers bruxism mouthguards to resolve your symptoms and preserve your natural smile for many years to come.

Our dentist takes time to diagnose your condition with accuracy and get to the root of the problem. If you clench or grind your teeth and suspect you may have bruxism, it’s essential to seek treatment. Dr. Lee and our team provide mouthguards and bruxism treatment in Glendora so you can smile with comfort and confidence. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!


What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the excessive grinding of teeth and clenching of your jaw. It is seen in both children and adults and can occur during the day or at night. Some individuals don’t realize they have the condition because they may not recognize the symptoms. Common signs include persistent headaches, jaw soreness or pain, and weak or worn-down teeth.

We treat two types of bruxism in Glendora:

  1. Daytime (awake) bruxism: This happens when you gnash, clench, or grind your teeth while awake. The condition could stem from other concerns, such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or tension. It can often occur when concentrating intensely. Daytime bruxism can happen unconsciously or consciously.
  2. Sleep bruxism: Sleep-related clenching and grinding can interrupt sleep. The condition can be linked to sleep apnea, which is a potential side-effect.

Is Bruxism Serious?

grinding teeth problemsAlthough common, bruxism can lead to severe problems concerning your teeth, bite, and overall dental health. The condition often requires treatment to reduce its harmful impact. Every time you clench and grind, your teeth and jaw experience exert a force much greater than regular chewing. When eating, food buffers part of that force, but with involuntary bruxism, your teeth and jaw take the full pressure.

Catching and treating bruxism in Glendora early on is crucial because it can wear away your enamel. Bruxism can contribute to sensitivity and loose teeth. Other concerns include flattened cusps and damaged restorations. Bruxism can also lead to TMJ disorders, including soreness or pain in the jaw joints and muscles.

How Do I Seek Bruxism Treatment in Glendora?

The best thing you can do is to schedule a consultation and exam with our dentist. Often, dental professionals are the first to discover the signs of bruxism while examining your teeth. During your appointment, Dr. Lee asks questions about what symptoms you may be experiencing. Our team takes a series of x-rays to obtain detailed images of your smile.

We use this technology to help identify warning signs and provide you with a precise diagnosis. Our dentist will discuss the findings, explain your options, and make recommendations. She works with you to propose a treatment plan to meet your needs. Sometimes there are one or several services that Dr. Lee must perform to restore your dental health before providing a mouthguard.

Treating Bruxism with Professional Mouthguards

grinding teeth mouthguardsAlthough there is no single cure, a customized mouthguard is available for treating excessive teeth clenching and grinding. Dr. Lee delivers solutions for bruxism in Glendora with custom mouthguards. Sometimes, the condition is associated with other concerns such as sleep apnea. Other times, bruxism is a side effect of malocclusion or a defective restoration.

After a concrete diagnosis, our dentist recommends a mouthguard unique to your situation. Our mouthguards work by putting a protective barrier between your teeth. When you clench or try to grind, the device stops the impact and lightens the tension, providing a cushion for your teeth. The padding helps prevent jaw pain and strain and preserves your enamel and tooth structure. Bruxism mouthguards are created to fit comfortably and can address multiple issues at once.

How Quickly Do Bruxism Mouthguards Work?

Your tooth and bite need time to adapt to your new mouthguard. Adjustment of the guard may be needed periodically. 

Wearing your mouthguard during the day reduces the pressures caused by involuntary jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Mouthguards are made out of strong but comfortable materials, so you can wear them during the day if needed. Wear as instructed by your dentist.

Yes, you can wear a mouthguard comfortably at night while sleeping.

Comprehensive Bruxism Treatment in Glendora

If you or a loved one continually wake up with headaches, jaw pain, and soreness, you may be suffering from bruxism. Dr. Anna Lee has the skill and experience to diagnose your situation and provide a lasting solution. Our dentist proudly provides successful bruxism treatment in Glendora with mouthguards and other exceptional services. Contact us to get started with a consultation!



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