Could You Be Grinding Your Teeth Unknowingly?
Do you often experience discomfort in your jaw or frequent headaches? Or perhaps you have experienced problems with cracked teeth. If you have noticed any of these problems, you may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is the term used to describe a condition where a patient repeatedly clenches and grinds their teeth unconsciously. If not treated in a timely fashion, bruxism can lead to serious oral health complications and the need for additional treatments. Many people who suffer from bruxism are unaware because it occurs during sleep.
What Causes Bruxism
It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing bruxism; however, it is often associated with stress. When dealing with times of stress, it is not uncommon for people to become tense. Not only can the muscles in the body tense up, but the jaw can become tense as well, and this is when clenching and grinding happen. When we diagnose patients with bruxism, most are shocked because they had no idea it was occurring. Aside from tension and discomfort in the jaw, other symptoms of bruxism include:
- Jaw or facial pain
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
How We Treat Bruxism
Once bruxism is diagnosed, it is necessary to receive treatment. Constant pressure on the teeth and jaw can cause major damage. It is not uncommon for bruxism patients to experience recurring problems with cracked teeth and sensitivity. One treatment option is a customized mouthguard that fits snugly over your teeth. A mouthguard is necessary because it protects your teeth.
If you are in Meridian, ID or the surrounding area and suffer from bruxism or are concerned about the wear on your teeth from clenching during times of stress, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your situation and determine if a mouthguard is best for you. We look forward to seeing you soon.