For the majority of people, teeth grinding is a short-lived issue, especially in children. However, for some the problem can become persistent. Chronic teeth grinding or jaw clenching is known is bruxism and can eventually damage the teeth. Do you grind your teeth? If so, consider talking to your dentist about treatment today.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a disorder that refers to the persistent grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. The issue may arise as a result of stress, TMJ disorder, misalignment, caffeine consumption, or injury to the teeth or jaw. We always recommend treating the issue because the pressure from grinding and clenching can damage teeth. The resulting cracks and chips can increase the risk of tooth decay and infection, putting the stability of your smile in danger.
How Do I Know I Need Treatment?
What are the common warning signs? Patients with bruxism may notice:
- Soreness in the jaw or face
- Tooth sensitivity or toothaches
- Worn down or damaged teeth
If one or more or the symptoms above seem familiar, then contact your dentist. The doctor can carefully examine your smile to see if you suffer for bruxism. The doctor can then recommend the most appropriate treatment option.
How Will The Dentist Treat My Bruxism?
That will depend on the cause of your grinding episodes. The doctor may suggest limiting consumption of caffeine products, reducing stress, or correcting misalignment with orthodontic treatment. We may also suggest an oral appliance. Worn during sleep, the device places a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth, preventing further damage. In addition, if jaw joint strain is related to your teeth grinding, the device can reposition the jaw, erasing strain and limiting further grinding episodes. If you have any questions about treating teeth grinding then contact our office today.