Bruxism – Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism – Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth

Do you ever find yourself waking up in the morning with a tight, sore jaw or headache or earache? Chances are you have bruxism. This common disorder causes you to clench or grind your teeth during the night or day and can lead to jaw problems and damaged teeth.  Most people clench instead of grind their teeth. More than 80% of the population is affected by some sort of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).

When left untreated bruxism can cause a plethora of dental problems. The wearing down of your teeth leads to major dental procedures including crowns and veneers. Chronic clenching can also put pressure on your jaw muscles and surrounding tissues which can cause temporomandibular joint problems. This can cause headaches, jaw pain and earaches.

What are some treatments for bruxism?

Stress Management

The most common cause of bruxism is stress and anxiety. Finding ways to reduce or cope with stress could help alleviate your symptoms. Some simple ways to relieve stress include exercise (a little goes a long way!) relaxing with your favorite hobbies or meditation and biofeedback.

Bite Planes

By taking a dental impression of your teeth, an acrylic night guard can be custom made for you. When worn at night, the guard will separate the top and bottom teeth and prevent the effects of grinding and actually train your brain not to clench. Store bought night guards actually do more harm than good.

Crown and Veneers

If wear and chipping occur, crowns and veneers are needed so your teeth can be restored to their original form. Your smile can be repaired back to its original beauty before it was destroyed by this very common disorder.

If you notice symptoms of clenching or grinding contact us to schedule a consultation.  We can help you identify the root cause of your bruxism and recommend the treatment that is best for you!

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