Periodontics With Pensacola, FL. Cosmetic Dentist
Spanish Trail Dentistry is proud to serve families in Pensacola, FL and the surrounding communities with the best oral care. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jeff Strickland, is committed to helping all ages achieve and maintain healthy beautiful smiles through top of the line dental care and treatments. Our team works together to help keep our office environment welcoming and running smoothly. With our entire team’s dedication to quality patient care, we will take the time to make sure that each patient and/or their guardian is well informed and educated on the different treatments that are available and the treatments they undergo. Whether you need cosmetic dental treatment, dental implant restoration or periodontics treatment like bruxism, we are sure that our dentist will create the best dental treatment plan to fit your needs and budget. Continue reading to learn more about bruxism below.
Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) refers to the involuntary or habitual grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw, which can occur during the day or night. This clenching and grinding occurs due to malfunctions of the chewing reflex. The incisors and canines (from six upper and lower teeth) will grind against each other from side to side. This action puts strain on the medial ptergoid muscles and the temporomandibular joints. Most humans will experience bruxism at some point in their life and it is best to promptly address bruxism
Reasons To Treat Bruxism
Bruxism is frequently misdiagnosed if diagnosed at all and causes tooth wear. Only a trained professional or dentist can tell the difference between bruxing wear and wear caused by other factors like aggressive brushing, acidic drinks and abrasive foods. The main reasons why bruxism should be treated promptly include:
1. Gum Recession & Tooth Loss – bruxism is one of leading causes of gum recession and tooth lost; It damages the soft tissue and it leads to loose teeth and deep pockets were bacteria are able to colonize and destroy supporting bone.
2. Occlusal Trauma – The abnormal wear patterns of the occlusal (chewing) services can leave to fractures in the teeth which may require restorative treatment.
3. Arthritis – bruxing can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints which allow the jaw to open smoothly.
4. Myofascial Pain – grinding associated with bruxism an eventually shoten and blunt your teeth and lead to muscle pain in the myofascial region and debilitating headaches.
Earaches, depression, headaches, eating orders and anxiety are the most common symptoms of bruxism and can lead to chronic stress, Alzheimer’s disease and alcohol abuse.
Dr. Jeff Strickland of Spanish Trail Dentistry in Pensacola, FL is dedicated to helping all his patients, young and older, achieve and maintain healthy smiles. If you believe you are suffering from bruxing or would like more information, please contact us at out Pensacola, FL cosmetic dental office and we will gladly assist you over the phone. if need be, we will also work with you to schedule an appointment time, that best fits your schedule. We look forward to meeting you soon!