Teeth Grinding in Houston, TX

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For many people, bruxism can be a serious problem. It can cause cracked and chipped enamel, hairline fractures, broken cusps, and even wear down the teeth to the gumline. The enamel may become so worn that the inside of the tooth (called the dentin) is exposed. If bruxism isn’t treated, it can lead to gum damage, loss of teeth and fillings, even vertical fractures that render the tooth not salvageable, or root canals. It can also cause jaw joint problems, also called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD.) TMD occurs when the muscles, joints, and ligaments of the jaw move out of alignment. In addition to jaw pain, other symptoms may include headache, earache, and even vertigo (dizziness). Bruxism has also been linked to certain health disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, sleep apnea, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Research shows that about 50% of adults grind their teeth and approximately 20% grind their teeth excessively, causing dental trauma. When asked, many patients will not admit to or are unaware of grinding, yet the evidence of damaged teeth is apparent in the mouth. At Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc., we can provide an accurate diagnosis for your condition and develop an effective treatment plan with the advanced technology in our Houston, TX dental office. Book an appointment with Dr. Nicosia to address your dental concerns.

Bruxism is often caused by emotional factors, such as daily stress, anxiety, anger, or pain. The use of tobacco, alcohol, or caffeine tends to aggravate the problem. Another cause of bruxism is the use of some medications, in particular anti-depressants, so if you have noticed an increase in nighttime teeth grinding or clenching, speak to your physician.

To guard your mouth against the effects of bruxism, Dr. Nicosia can recommend a customized night guard that can defend your teeth while you sleep. Custom night guards are made with top-quality materials that fit comfortably in your mouth and improve the quality of your sleep by reducing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. To hear more about custom night guards at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc., set up a consultation at our Houston, TX office.


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Teeth grinding can cause significant cosmetic alterations to your teeth, which can lead to functionality issues and dental concerns, like teeth sensitivity. If you think you need treatment for bruxism, call our family practice today. Dr. Nicosia can help you get back on track.

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