You wake up regularly with headaches. You find that your jaw aches throughout the day. You are starting to notice wear on your teeth. All of these symptoms are classic signs of bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth. These are only a few of the issues bruxism contributes to, and it’s a good idea to discuss some solutions with your dentist in Monroe. Here are the facts about bruxism.
What Causes Bruxism?
There are many factors that might contribute to you clenching and grinding your teeth such as:
- Stress or anxiety
- A misaligned bite
- Sleep apnea
- A missing or crooked teeth
Bruxism may be hard to diagnose on your own since it typically happens at night, but you may experience the symptoms throughout the day.
How Does Bruxism Affect My Oral Health?
Bruxism can cause many issues including:
- Painful headaches and migraines
- Excessive wear to your teeth
- Damage to crowns, fillings, and other restorations
- Fractures to your teeth
- Painful jaw joint issues such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
You may not realize that you’re grinding your teeth while you sleep, but your dentist can diagnose it. Your bed partner may also hear it throughout the night. If you suspect that you may be suffering from bruxism, it’s a good idea to schedule an examination with your dentist.
How is Bruxism Treated?
Your dentist can make you a mouthguard to wear at night while you sleep. A mouthguard is made of plastic and customized to fit snugly over your teeth. It not only protects your teeth from the damage that bruxism causes, but it also helps to relax your muscles to relieve clenching and grinding at night.
If you or loved one is suffering bruxism, contact your dentist to learn more about properly diagnosing your condition and wearing a mouthguard.
About the Author
Dr. King Scott has been delivering exceptional dentistry to his patients in LA for almost 40 years. Over the course of this time he has pursued thousands of hours of continuing education in the fields of implant dentistry, sleep disorders, cosmetic dentistry, and facial esthetics, including Botox and dermal fillers.
When you choose Dr. Scott for your dental care, you can rest assured that you’ll be working with an expert, and you’ll receive dentistry that may not be available at most practices.
If you’d like to contact Dr. Scott, he can be reached through his website or by calling 318-325-4600.