If you grind your teeth but can’t seem to stop, you might have a condition known as bruxism.
At Breckenridge Dental we are dedicated to providing you with the care you need for optimal dental health. In this article, we’ll explain what bruxism is and discuss the symptoms and how it can be treated.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth unconsciously. You may do this while you are asleep, but some people also experience this while they are awake. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to a host of problems including headaches, jaw pain, and dental issues.
What are the Symptoms?
There are many symptoms that can come along with this condition. Here are a few that are associated with bruxism:
- Pain or soreness in the ear, jaw, mouth, or face
- Sensitive teeth or toothache
- Sleep disruption
- Worn tooth enamel exposing the under layers of your teeth
- Tight or locked jaw muscles
- Flattened or chipped teeth
What Causes this Condition?
There is no definitive answer, but many experts believe that bruxism is caused by stress, anxiety, frustration, or other emotions expressed in the body. Some people also grind their teeth in their sleep without even knowing it. Another reason for developing this condition may be malocclusion, a dental condition where the teeth don’t line up properly. Additional causes may be complications from conditions such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s or a side effect of certain medications that can affect the nerves and muscles in the face.
How do you Treat Bruxism?
Treatment will depend on how severe the grinding or clenching is. A nightguard can be worn at night to protect your teeth from any wear and tear from grinding. It works by preventing your top and bottom teeth from touching each other.
If you believe you are suffering from bruxism, give our office a call to schedule an appointment. One of our dentists will examine your teeth to determine a treatment plan and see whether nightguards are the right option for you.