Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What Is Bruxism?

Do you find that your jaw is regularly tense or sore, or that your teeth are prematurely wearing? If so, you may suffer from Bruxism, a condition in which you clench or grind your teeth unconsciously during the day or sleep bruxism, a version of the condition that affects you while you sleep.

Most people who suffer from mild cases of bruxism may bypass treatment; however, for more serious cases, bruxism can cause headaches, neck tenderness, and damaged teeth, making treatment imperative to the sufferer’s overall health and wellbeing.

What Are The Symptoms? 

Many people who have bruxism do not realize it until they start having complications. It’s important to look out for the symptoms of bruxism, which include:

  • Tooth grinding or clenching
  • Damaged teeth
  • Headaches 
  • Worn tooth enamel 
  • Tense jaw muscles 
  • Damage to the soft tissues inside your mouth

You should definitely visit a doctor if you notice your teeth appear worn down or damaged, you are experiencing pain, or your jaw feels locked in place.

What Causes Bruxism? 

While the exact cause of bruxism is unknown, dentists believe that stress, sleep disorders, certain personality types, and complications from diseases such as Parkinson’s may contribute to the onset of bruxism. Age and stimulants are also risk factors.

How Can My Dentist Help? 

During routine dental examinations, your dentist will inspect your mouth for signs of bruxism. However, if you suspect you are suffering from the condition, be sure to schedule an appointment immediately. In order to decide on a treatment plan, your dentist will inspect you for facial tenderness, dental abnormalities, and damage to your teeth.

If a sleep disorder or psychological issues are determined to be a factor you may be referred to a sleep specialist; otherwise, you may be prescribed a mouth guard or splint. In severe cases, your dentist may have to reshape the surface of your teeth if too much damage has been done. You may also be prescribed muscle relaxants to help you relax and assistance with stress management techniques. Don’t suffer from bruxism alone. Contact our Roseville dental office today to make an appointment!

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