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Teeth Grinding in North Austin

Every day, Dr. Scaff sees patients in the practice who wake up with daily headaches or clench their jaws tightly during the day. Sound familiar?

young woman touching painful jawChronic grinding and gritting of the teeth is a condition known as bruxism. It’s often due to stress and may happen while a person is asleep and unable to do anything about it.

While grinding teeth is quite common, when left untreated, this consistent tension and grinding of the teeth can lead to cumulative damage like:

  • TMJ disorder
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Flat, chipped, or worn teeth
  • Broken dental work
  • Muscle tension throughout the face, neck, and shoulders
  • Limited range of motion in the TMJ
  • Difficulty eating
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)

Treatments for Grinding

Much of this muscle contraction is attributed to stress and habits. Since neither of these are easy to correct suddenly, talking to Dr. Scaff is a great place to start. He may recommend a treatment or combination of therapies such as:

Bite splints and deprogrammers — Adjust the way the jaw is positioned when in a resting state, preventing it from fully engaging and tensing the muscles.

Schedule a Visit Today

Suspect teeth grinding? Dr. Scaff looks forward to reducing pain and restoring health. Learn more by contacting Brian F. Scaff DDS today to book a visit.

Teeth Grinding North Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock TX | (512) 258-9130