Bruxism (the tendency to regularly grind and clench your teeth) can cause symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, and receding gums.
While teeth grinding may not seem serious, it can actually have a big impact on your dental health, as well as your daily life.
Jason Edwards, DMD, and Thomas Backeris, DMD, at Advanced Oral Surgery in Tampa, FL, can help you stop grinding your teeth.
In many cases, the solution is simple...
Find Relief From Bruxism With a Custom Mouthguard
Dr. Edwards and Dr. Backeris regularly help patients like you escape the daily pain of bruxism.
They can fit you with a comfortable custom mouthguard, designed to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding during sleep.
It will cushion and protect your teeth to minimize tooth wear, jaw pain, and more.
Choose Doctors Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery For Your Bruxism Treatment
Qualifications make all the difference, giving you peace of mind and the excellent care you deserve.
Dr. Edwards and Dr. Backeris are oral and maxillofacial surgeons. That means that unlike general dentists, they can treat your teeth grinding whether the case is minor or advanced. Although they will always try to meet your needs using the most conservative means, they are prepared to provide more involved care if that's what is necessary. We will determine what is causing you to bite or clench your teeth and provide a solution to relieve strained jaw muscles and protect your teeth.
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We are here to answer your bruxism questions...
I Don't Notice Myself Grinding My Teeth. Could I Still Have Bruxism?
Yes, it's entirely possible that you have bruxism. This is a complex condition not only because it can cause symptoms like headaches that aren't typically associated with oral health, but also because it's an involuntary action.
For many patients, their teeth grinding occurs at night while they sleep. Others are so used to it that they do not even realize when they are clenching their teeth.
Our oral surgeons can examine your teeth to determine if they have been affected by bruxism, and recommend the right treatment to relieve symptoms affecting your jaw and teeth.
I Already Wear a Retainer. Do I Really Need a Mouthguard?
While your retainer may cover your teeth, it doesn't do the work of a mouthguard.
It simply isn't built to withstand the grinding, clenching, and wear created by bruxism.
In fact, if you wear a retainer and experience teeth grinding, you may have already noticed significant wear and tear on your orthodontic device.
Even worse, you may have seen signs of damage to your teeth, which can be frustrating after years of dedication to your orthodontic care and dental health.
We can recommend a treatment plan that harmonizes with your orthodontic therapy but also addresses your bruxism. In some cases, we may recommend simply alternating nights, wearing your retainer one evening and then your mouthguard the next.
How Will Bruxism Affect My Dental Restorations?
Just as grinding can impact your jaw muscles and natural teeth, it can also have an effect on your dental restorations.
Crowns and veneers may wear down over time due to the effects of clenching or grinding. They may chip or crack as well.
Teeth grinding can also lead to gum recession, which can make your restorations look less natural and ultimately jeopardize the health of your natural teeth.
Unfortunately, teeth grinding may make it necessary to replace your dental restorations sooner than you expected.
There is a way you can avoid the stress and high cost of replacing dental restorations: receiving bruxism treatment at one of our three Tampa-area offices.
A custom mouth guard will be much more affordable than treating damaged natural teeth and restorations.
Meanwhile, it can help you escape the daily pain, grinding, and other symptoms of bruxism.
Is Bruxism the Same Thing as TMJ?
TMJ is a condition characterized by inflammation of the jaw joints, often caused by an imbalanced bite. While bruxism and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder do share several symptoms, like teeth grinding, worn teeth, and headaches, they are ultimately two different conditions.
TMJ problems may be a cause of bruxism, and bruxism can lead to TMJ. For example, you may have a misaligned bite that is prompting you to unconsciously shift your jaw in search of a balanced position. In this case, TMJ would be causing you to grind your teeth. Or, you may be grinding your teeth to a degree that is causing inflammation of the jaw joints, which is an example of bruxism leading to TMJ.
Ultimately, you will need to visit Dr. Edwards and Dr. Backeris to determine what is causing your condition and how to address it.
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Payment Options At Advanced Oral Surgery
Our practice serving Greater Tampa accepts three primary forms of payment:
If you are uninsured, we accept financing through CareCredit® and Compassionate Finance™, which offer payment plans with little or no interest.
We can arrange for patients to pay for their treatments in installments sent directly to our office.
Your dental insurance will likely contribute to a portion of the cost of bruxism treatment. Our staff will be glad to work directly with your insurance provider to help you secure the best possible coverage of your treatment costs.