"Bruxism affects an estimated 8 percent of adults. Could you be one of them?"
Is your peaceful sleep being disrupted due to grinding and clenching in your jaw? Excessive grinding and clenching are known as ‘bruxism’, and this generally occurs during sleep.
Bruxism can worsen over time if it is left untreated, and it can lead to extensive oral damage. If you or your loved ones have noticed the signs of bruxism, make an appointment with The Dental Boutique.
Frequently Asked Questions
Excessive grinding and clenching are known as ‘bruxism’, and this generally occurs during sleep. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to additional problems with tooth pain, alignment and damage.
To help you understand the causes, symptoms and treatments of Bruxism, our professional dentists have answered the most common questions asked by our patients.
What Causes Bruxism?
Jaw clenching and teeth grinding can be caused by emotional issues, such as anxiety, stress and anger, stimulant drug use, dehydration, poor tooth alignment, sleep disorders, and sickness. Some people suffer from bruxism due to their antidepressants – if this is your case, your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternate medication.
What are the Symptoms of Tooth Grinding?
It can be difficult to determine whether you grind during the night; in this case, your partner or a family member may be the first person to notice your condition. If you experience any of the symptoms below, contact the experts at The Dental Boutique.
The signs of bruxism include:
- Headaches, jaw and ear pain
- Aching teeth
- Stiffness of the face and temples
- Tooth indentations on the tongue and inside the gums
- Increased tooth sensitivity
If the above symptoms are particularly noticeable when you wake up in the morning, it is highly likely that they are being caused by teeth grinding in your sleep. Once we have determined the source of the problem, treatment can be simple.
What are the treatments for Bruxism?
At The Dental Boutique, our treatments begin with an extensive oral health examination. This way, we can adequately determine what may be causing your bruxism and design a custom treatment plan that will suit your lifestyle and the severity of your condition.
The most common treatment option is a custom-made oral appliance that fits directly onto your teeth. We also use neuromuscular dentistry to relax the muscles that surround your teeth and jaw. When the muscles are relaxed, we can determine whether you suffer from jaw misalignment problems.