Bruxism Specialist

Moberi Dental Specialists

Endodontist located in Houston, TX

Bruxism is about more than just grinding your teeth; it can sometimes lead to unbearable jaw pain and difficulty chewing. If you grind or clench your teeth, see what the team at Moberi Dental Specialists in Houston can do to help. Otherwise, you risk fracturing your teeth and possibly requiring complex dental procedures. You can book an evaluation through the online scheduling feature, or by calling the office closest to you in the Copperfield or Galleria areas.

Bruxism Q & A

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching your teeth. Some men and women gnash their teeth together knowingly while they’re awake, typically during a period of stress.

Other times, bruxism occurs while you’re sleeping. You may even just be a natural grinder and keep your teeth clenched on a regular basis.

Bruxism becomes a severe problem when it starts affecting the structural integrity of your teeth. This can leave you more prone to developing cavities as tooth enamel erodes. Additionally, bruxism can lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD) and cause chronic jaw pain.

Are there symptoms of bruxism?

Yes. During your exam at Moberi Dental Specialists, your dedicated dentist can usually tell that you grind or clench because your teeth appear flattened. Your teeth could even be fractured, chipped, or possibly loose in severe cases. Bruxism can also lead to:

  • Jaw, neck, or face pain
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Frequent dull headaches
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule an evaluation at Moberi Dental Specialists right away and get started on treatment for bruxism.

How is bruxism treated?

Your dentist at Moberi Dental Specialists is your go-to practitioner for treating bruxism and jaw pain. After taking digital X-ray images and evaluating your symptoms, they put together a customized treatment plan.

One of the most beneficial treatment solutions for bruxism is a mouthguard. Getting fitted for a personalized mouthguard can keep your arches separated, so you don’t grind or clench your teeth together. In most cases, you only have to wear your mouthguard while sleeping or while playing sports.

Your dedicated practitioner at Moberi Dental Specialists can even teach you how to properly bite and position your jaw, which can minimize further tooth damage and alleviate jaw pain issues. If you have severe bruxism, you might need a dental correction surgery. This individualized procedure may involve reshaping your teeth, repairing your jaw joint, placing permanent crowns, or a combination of the three.

Schedule your bruxism evaluation at Moberi Dental Specialists by using the online scheduler, or by calling your closest clinic location.