Teeth grinding and clenching of your jaw while you sleep can create serious problems with your oral health, including bite misalignment, cracked or chipped teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Some common signs that you grind your teeth during sleep are chronic headaches upon waking, shoulder and neck pain or a sensation that your jaw locks up when opening and closing your mouth.

Identifying the Cause

After a thorough dental examination by the Troy, OH family dentist we can determine what the probable cause of your teeth grinding is and which treatment approach may be necessary to prevent long-term damage to your teeth. There are several reasons people grind or clench their teeth (also referred to as bruxing or bruxism):

  • Injury or trauma to the temporomandibular joint.
  • Misaligned dental bite
  • Muscle tension

A misaligned dental bite can cause your back teeth to become unbalanced, resulting in excessive force on one side of your mouth. In this case, you do not bite down evenly on all teeth, and the jaw shifts from its normal position to bring the rest of your teeth together.

This action causes you to clench or grind your teeth on that side of your mouth and puts constant, unusual force on the joint and surrounding muscles. This is why you experience head and neck pain.

Simple, Non-Invasive Treatment

In many cases, the Troy, OH family dentist can create a simple custom appliance called a night guard that will reduce this uneven force on your teeth. However, a thorough exam is the best way to assess your situation and determine the underlying cause and best treatment for your teeth grinding and clenching.

If you believe that your symptoms may be caused by teeth grinding, please contact our office. We will discuss your symptoms and work with you to determine the best course of treatment that will address your needs and provide relief. 

We understand that, for most people, there’s no dental procedure as anxiety-producing as a root canal.

In fact, some people get so nervous when faced with the prospect of a root canal that they forgo treatment altogether. But if you are in pain and you put off treatment, it will continue to worsen, and ultimately the tooth will need to be removed.

But you should know that treatment with Troy, OH family dentist Dr. Mark Bentley, root canal therapy is generally no more complicated than a procedure such as fillings or crowns.

If your dentist recommends root canal treatment, don’t let misinformation about the procedure keep you from following through. We offer gentle treatment from a caring team, and if you need a little help with relaxing, we also offer calming sedation options as well.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is used to remove the infection or extensive decay from the interior of the tooth. The space inside the tooth where the pulp and main nerve are found is called the root canal.

If you already have an infection in the root of your tooth, delaying a root canal allows the infection to spread to your jawbone or nearby teeth. If the tooth continues to decay, there will not be enough hard tissue left for a successful root canal and the tooth will probably need to be removed.

What Happens during the Procedure?

During the procedure, your dentist removes infected, decayed or damaged pulp, as well as the nerve of the tooth. The root canal is then sterilized and filled with medication to speed healing. A crown is then placed over the tooth for protection and stability.

How Does a Root Canal Benefit Me?

Root canal therapy allows the structure of the tooth to remain intact, even though the nerve has been removed. Although the tooth no longer contains nerve tissue it is still usable for chewing. Also, because the tooth is left intact, it maintains its proper position, helping to preserve proper spacing between remaining teeth and keeping your bite alignment correct.

Please Call Our Office to Learn More

If you suspect you need a root canal or have a question you don’t see here, please contact our your Troy, OH family dentist for additional information or if you have any questions about root canals and how they can help save a damaged tooth.

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