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Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS
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What's Grinding away at Your Health?

October 24, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf
A man holds his jaw in pain | Bruxism Treatment Bridgeton MO

Do you wake up in the morning with a headache? You might think it is from not getting a good night’s sleep, or because of some other medical reason, but did you know that a major cause of morning headaches is nighttime teeth clenching and grinding? You might think you don’t grind your teeth because your partner has never reported grinding to you, but clenching is just as common and a silent, but serious concern.

The Issue

If you frequently experience headaches, jaw pain, neck aches, or shoulder pain accompanied by tooth sensitivity or sore teeth, you may suffer from a common condition called bruxism, or excessive clenching and grinding of your teeth.

The truth is that bruxism can wear down your smile and cause problems such as periodontal disease, extreme sensitivity, broken teeth, pain, and notching on the surfaces of your teeth. You may also prematurely wear down your teeth, exposing them to bacteria and decay because you have worn away the protective enamel.

Treating Bruxism

We offer solutions to help protect your teeth and prevent damage to your teeth. First, we will invite you to our Bridgeton, MO dental office where Dr. Kevin Burgdorf will examine your teeth and look for signs of wear and grinding. Then we can create a custom occlusal (bite) guard to protect your natural teeth and your dentistry.

With regular nighttime wear, your occlusal guard can relieve the symptoms and pain that come from teeth grinding as well as protect your teeth and dentistry from breaking due to excessive force. Occlusal guards are an affordable and comfortable way to prevent accelerated aging and damage to your teeth all while helping you get a better night’s sleep. Give us a call to schedule an evaluation.

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