The Crux of Bruxism
Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or, more commonly while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be treated with a nightguard.
The Facts About Clenching & Grinding
Common symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, drugs or medications, sleeping habits, and other factors.
Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth cannot only cause the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth constantly rubbing together can result in surface wear over time, as well as cause dental problems such as cracked, chipped, and loose teeth. Porcelain crowns and fillings can also be damaged.
A Solid Solution
How can you stop an unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation will allow us to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we’ll create an orthotic appliance, also called a nightguard to protect your teeth and jaw joints when you are grinding and clenching.
Some practices that can relieve symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, therapeutic massage and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, and eating soft foods.