You may have heard that it can be very hard to discover all by yourself that you are someone dealing with bruxism disorder. This is particularly true as the issue begins because you’re not going to see any serious damage for some time. Of course, what you want is to avoid damage, so how to prevent it when you cannot even recognize it? Don’t worry. There’s a simple pathway to discovery and treatment.
About Finding It
You may find out that you have bruxism disorder simply by coming in for your regularly schedule dental checkups, if through no other means. When you’re in our chair, you receive a complete dental exam, the results of which will include a diagnosis for bruxism if it’s affecting you. Remember, it’s helpful for you to talk with us about any changes you have noticed, as well, such as sore teeth, uncomfortable jaws, headaches, or even if someone mentioned that they saw or heard you clenching or grinding!
Treating The Problem
All we need to know is that bruxism disorder may be part of your life and we can then move forward with treatment. There are no drugs or procedures involved! Instead, the treatment requires a patient to wear a mouthguard that we call an oral appliance. This type of therapy is gentle and helps stop damage before it begins. The appliance acts as a cushion, keeping your teeth from pressing or dragging against one another when you’re sleeping. See? Very easy.
If Damage Has Occurred
Let’s say you haven’t been in for a very long time. We can still diagnose the bruxism, treat it preventively (so additional damage doesn’t occur), and restore your smile by repairing any damage that has already occurred.
Discover And Treat Bruxism During Visits
Schedule your dental checkups two times a year, as suggested, to ensure we find and treat problems like bruxism disorder. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.