Clenching & Grinding Relief in Shoreline, WA
Millions of people suffer from a simple habit of tooth grinding and clenching. For many people, it is a minor nuisance, but for others it can be life altering and affect the way we eat, sleep, and breathe. If you are experiencing chronic clenching while sleeping, don’t ignore these symptoms! Contact Dr. Brenner and the experienced team at Bright 32 Family Dentistry for a comprehensive evaluation and a proper diagnosis. Your dental visit could help identify the reasons you clench your teeth and hopefully make major improvements in your dental and overall health.
The Truth Behind Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, may seem common, but the causes and symptoms can be very serious. There are many issues that cause clenching and grinding, one being stress. In fact, according to an American Dental Association survey of dental professionals, more than half saw an increase of patients with a dental condition associated with stress. Teeth grinding and clenching can lead to chipped and cracked teeth, and early symptoms of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder such as jaw pain and headaches.
Clenching and grinding can happen both during the day and night. One of the most common causes of daytime clenching is an improper bite alignment, where the upper and lower jaw don’t fit properly together. Night time grinding can be more severe and be caused by underlying issues like an upper airway restriction, that is related to a constricted space in their nasal passageway and mouth. Oftentimes, there is not enough room for the tongue to fit properly, which can cause it to block the airway and eventually lead to sleep apnea.
Dr. Brenner and his dedicated team at Bright 32 have years of experience helping numerous patients in evaluating their bite alignment and other factors that could lead to clenching and grinding. If you experience any symptoms of clenching and grinding, and are looking for relief that will last, schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner to discuss how he can help you.
Clenching and Grinding Relief at Bright 32
Teeth grinding can truly affect the way you feel. Chronic grinding can often wear down the teeth and create jaw pain and tension headaches. Grinding can also affect the way you eat and how well you sleep and breathe. No one wants to experience this type of long-term discomfort.
Dr. Jordan Brenner has extensive background and training in Airway Dentistry and takes the time to determine the root cause of why you may grind your teeth. He won’t simply send you home with a mouth guard, or refer you to another doctor, instead he will address the underlying factors to support your dental and medical well-being all under one roof.
At Bright 32 Family Dentistry we offer at-home sleep studies followed by a comprehensive examination to determine the best course of action. Get started on your journey today by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brenner to discuss how he can help you relieve your clenching and grinding pain.
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Benefits of Treatment
- Gain relief from headaches and jaw discomfort
- Eliminate breakage of fillings and crowns
- Avoid cracked, damaged, or fractured teeth
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Tooth grinding is a common habit, but it is often a sign of sleep apnea or a potential airway and breathing issue. Many patients never resolve or properly treat the underlying cause of tooth grinding and struggle with sleep and other life activities daily. Schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner today to determine if you are a candidate for a custom bite splint or require an in-depth analysis of your teeth clenching.