Did you know that millions of people suffer from a serious oral health concern known as bruxism? What is bruxism? This disorder occurs when patients frequently grind their teeth or clench their jaws. Over time, this can damage teeth and increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. Fortunately, we offer comfortable and non-invasive treatment options for addressing teeth grinding.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bruxism
Question: What causes teeth grinding?
Answer: Multiple factors can lead to a person grinding his/her teeth. One major cause is stress. Other factors include tooth loss, misalignment, or injury to the face or jaw. The treatment the dentist will recommend will depend on the cause of the disorder.
Question: What are the warning signs of bruxism?
Answer: For most people, especially children, grinding episodes end as quickly as they begin. But people who suffer from bruxism, where the issue is persistent, may notice a number of different warning signs, such as headaches, soreness in the jaw or face, and toothaches or tooth sensitivity. If any of these warning signs sound familiar we urge you to see the dentist for a diagnosis to find out if you need treatment for teeth grinding.
Question: How do I limit grinding episodes?
Answer: You can avoid products that contain caffeine and stop chewing on hard/chewy objects, such as ice, gum, or pencils. The repetitive chewing motion can exacerbate the issue.
Question: What are my treatment options?
Answer: In some cases, restorative treatment or orthodontic treatment may be necessary to ease grinding episodes. The doctor may also prescribe an oral appliance. The device looks similar to a nightguard and is worn at night. The appliance places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing further damage to the teeth. If you have any questions about treating teeth grinding then please contact our office today.