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Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
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Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth without knowing. Some people suffer from sleep bruxism and end up clenching their teeth when sleeping. If you have mild bruxism, treatment is not necessary. However, if the condition is severe, it can lead to many complications. Ensure you visit our clinic at Century Dental and we will recommend the best treatment remedy for teeth grinding and other dental restoration alternatives.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?
Teeth grinding that is loud, especially when sleeping, is the first sign of this condition. Due to the frequent grinding, your teeth will be fractured or chipped. In severe cases, the enamel can be worn out, exposing the inner parts of the tooth, leading to pain and sensitivity. Also, you will note tired jaw muscles or pain in your ear. Headache can also occur due to the frequent movement of your facial muscles and putting too much pressure on your temples.
Treatment Options for Teeth Grinding
Sometimes, grinding your teeth can be due to stress and anxiety. Grinding is most common when asleep and can also be due to crooked teeth or abnormal bites. If the condition is severe, it may end up causing sleeping problems such as snoring and sleep apnea. The good news is that they are multiple available treatment options such as:
We recommend wearing a mouth guard due to it protecting your teeth from damage when you are asleep. The mouth guard is customized to fit over your mouth and prevent injury properly.
Teeth grinding can also occur due to heightened levels of stress. We can recommend ideal stress management methods to manage this condition. They can include relaxation exercises or lifestyle changes.
Teeth grinding can also occur due to bite issues or misalignment problems. Correcting the alignment of your teeth is excellent to help adjust your bite and prevent teeth clenching. Misalignment issues can be fixed using traditional braces or Invisalign.
Once you find out you have a problem with clenching your teeth, you can practice correctly positioning your jaw and mouth. We will take you through this process of behavior modification.
Is Teeth Grinding Common in Children?
Children also grind their teeth at some stages in their life. Most of them tend to clench their teeth when the baby teeth erupt or when permanent teeth start developing. The grinding is often a response due to the discomfort they feel during the eruption process of the teeth. However, the issue is often temporary and will resolve slowly without requiring medical attention.
Teeth grinding is manageable. First, you need to find the root cause of the problem, if it is stress, find ways to minimize your stress levels. If we discover teeth misalignment is causing clenching issues, we recommend ideal orthodontic treatment as soon as possible. If you are suffering from bruxism, come to our clinic at Century Dental for a professional review. We will help eradicate the problem and offer the best results for your teeth. You can also talk to us directly by calling us at (971) 708-1608.