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TMJ/Bruxism Therapy in Copperas Cove

Teeth grinding and clenching (also known as bruxism) is a common condition among people from all walks of life, especially adults who experience a lot of stress in their daily routines. This “bad habit” can happen at any time of day, and patients who suffer from untreated bruxism can experience dental damage, sore facial muscles, and other potentially serious oral health problems over time. At Benchmark Family Dental, our doctors offer treatment for combating bruxism and restoring comfort and safety to your smile here in Copperas Cove, Tx. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Do I have bruxism?

The reasons behind bruxism are not always clear – the condition may be affected or exacerbated by situational stress, anxiety, sleeping habits, diet, misaligned teeth, or all of the above. Common symptoms patients can keep an eye out for include severe headaches, earaches, sore jaw and facial muscles, and inexplicably damaged teeth. Over time, bruxism may lead to the development of TMJ disorder, which is a very serious health problem that’s caused by misaligned temporomandibular jaw joints and can lead to severe pain.

Treatment Solutions

A majority of bruxism patients only experience teeth grinding when they’re sleeping, which makes it virtually impossible to break the “habit” on their own. That’s where our team at Benchmark Family Dental comes in! After we’ve performed an in-depth evaluation of your condition and determined that you’re experiencing bruxism or the more serious TMJ disorder, we can prescribe personalized treatment.

In many cases, a customized oral appliance (also known as a “nightguard”) can provide much-needed relief. This device is worn while the client sleeps, providing a valuable barrier that minimizes grinding and protects teeth. Alternatively, we may recommend stress management, massage therapy, a change in diet, or other lifestyle additions that could potentially create positive improvement. Restorative care is also available for patients from all over Central Texas who have teeth that have been worn down or broken because of bruxism.