Stress is bad. We all know that. But did you know that stress could be creating problems with your teeth and preventing you from having a beautiful smile?
Stress may be causing you to clench, grind, or grit your teeth. Sometimes this occurs when a person is sleeping; sometimes it happens when a person is doing something stressful during the day, like strenuous exercise. The results can be as minor as temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), which can cause headaches, muscle pain, and discomfort. In more extreme cases, grinding can wear down the teeth to the point where they need to be rebuilt with crowns.
At Lake Mary Dental, Ravi Lall, DDS and his staff can address your issues with a variety of treatments, ranging from mouth guards and muscle relaxers to the rebuilding of the teeth and retraining your musculature and joint.
“Everybody has stress, one way or another,” says Dr. Lall, who has been with Lake Mary Dental since 2000 and took over the practice in 2007. “Sometimes it manifests itself in patients as clenching, grinding, or gritting their teeth. And by doing this for a short or long period of time, you can do damage to joints, muscles, and teeth.”
One of Dr. Lall’s many success stories is Mitra Moghaddam, Lake Mary Dental’s treatment plan coordinator. Due to extreme bruxism (grinding of the teeth), Mitra’s teeth were filed down and uneven. Dr. Lall is rebuilding her teeth with crowns, beginning with temporary crowns to allow Mitra’s jaw muscles and joint to get used to the new position of her teeth.
Mitra is delighted to have her beautiful smile back.
“It’s not just about being pretty. This has also been good for my health,” Mitra says. “Before my treatment, I had jaw pain, neck pain, and headaches. All of that is gone now.”
If you have signs of wear on your teeth, or if you experience headaches or pain in your jaw, you may have a clenching or grinding problem, and the folks at Lake Mary Dental can help.
“The good news is there are many different forms of treatment – something as simple as a mouth guard or as comprehensive as reconstruction,” Dr. Lall says. “If you think you may be suffering from clenching, grinding, and/or TMD, the easiest thing to do is come to our office and have an examination done.”