Headaches and migraines, cracked teeth, interrupted sleep: These are serious symptoms that happen when you grind your teeth. Bruxism — the scientific term for teeth grinding — can be debilitating if it goes on for a prolonged period of time. Its treatment options are as varied as its causes, and but now a simple procedure using dental technology is proving to be one of the most effective methods of treatment against the disorder.
What We Know About Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, usually without even being aware of it. It affects about 8-to-10% of all adults.
Its symptoms include:
- Aching or tight jaw muscles
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Headaches and/or migraines
Your jaw is controlled by powerful muscles. Unfortunately, when involuntary teeth grinding happens, the pressure on your teeth can be as much as 20 times more severe than the pressure exerted during the day while chewing or biting on food.
Here’s How To Tell If You Grind Your Teeth
Bruxism isn’t only a nighttime problem. If you unconsciously clench your teeth during the day, you can also suffer similar side effects as those of you who do it in your sleep. Bruxism during the day also accompanies other sleep disorders like snorning or sleep apnea.
If you’re a nighttime grinder, you may not have any idea you do it until your partner tells you what’s going on. Some people only find out that they grind their teeth after they seek help for headaches or migraines.
#1 Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we use dental technology called a T-Scan to measure patients’ timed and forced bites inside their mouths. The T-Scan can measure the pressure and stress a bite is causing inside the mouth, and determine whether that pressure is firing the jaw muscles into a state of pain.
For years, mouth-guards and appliances were primarily used by dentists to treat TMJ pain. But they proved to be only temporary solutions. By using the T-Scan, the data collected can nearly permanently correct the time and force of occlusal problems. In most patients, many of the teeth grinding symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun – without a mouth-guard!
If you grind your teeth or suffer from headaches, migraines, or painful TMJ… it’s important you see a pain management professional for an immediate consultation. Pain treatment, like TruDenta therapy offered here at Pasadena Pain Management, can provide lasting relief depending on the source of your migraines.
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Southern California Treatment for Pain – Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, and More
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.