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Do you or have you ever been told you snore loudly? Although snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, it can also be linked to bruxism. Bruxism is a sleep disorder caused by unconsciously grinding and clenching your teeth. Over time your teeth can become more and more damaged, and even lead to other damage in your mouth including damage to your gums and jaw. Listed below are some helpful questions and answers to assist you with bruxism:

Question: What are some of the common symptoms of bruxism?
– Bruxism typically displays some kind of damage to your teeth, including chipping and cracking of your teeth. In general, you should expect an overall wearing down of your tooth enamel and an extra sense of tooth sensitivity. Your cheek tissues may also be worn down and chewed, and your jaw could be stiff, painful, and sore in the morning.

Question: What kinds of damage can bruxism cause to your jaw?
– Bruxism can place additional stress and wear on your temporomandibular joints, also called your TMJs. Your TMJs are what are largely responsible for your mouth’s ability to open and close, as well as to chew food. Additional stress and wear caused by bruxism can result in a TMJ disorder, which can cause all sorts of problems and ailments to your mouth.

Question: What treatment methods exist for bruxism?
– If you suffer from the effects of bruxism. Speak with your dentist about available treatment methods, Oftentimes, this includes tools and instruments to keep your teeth separated, including bite plates and night guards.

If you want to experience the joys of a treated mouth that was previously suffering from bruxism, visit us at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates, by calling us at 281-205-4717 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Tomball, Texas. Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs and our team look forward to improving your smile and making it healthier and stronger for many years to come.