What is bruxism?When you start to notice head, neck, and jaw pain, along with sensitive teeth you might want to give us a call at (219) 250-1163 to schedule an appointment. These are symptoms typical of bruxism. Bruxism can manifest as clenching your jaw for long periods of time, or clenching and grinding teeth back and forth. Many patients who are diagnosed with bruxism have significant others who let them know that they can actually hear them grinding their teeth at night.
Some obvious indicators that you may be suffering from bruxism are:
|•||Tooth enamel that is worn|
|•||Headaches in the temples|
|•||Face pain in the jawline|
|•||Sores on the inside of your cheeks|
If you have bruxism and don’t get it treated it can easily lead to more serious issues that can be quite expensive to fix. It is very common for bruxism to result in chipped and cracked teeth. When a tooth become cracked or chipped it is much more vulnerable to issues like decay and failure. The amount of pressure that your teeth experience while being clenched is impressive (250+ pounds of force) and can be quite damaging. The cost of restoring chipped and cracked teeth can be very high.
TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder is another possible side effect of bruxism. The TMJ is the incredibly complex jaw joint that allows your jaw to move in almost every direction. When you are constantly clenching your teeth the muscles in this joint get quite the workout, which usually leads to jaw pain and fatigue.
Sleep disturbances are one of the biggest issues that bruxism can bring. It can be very difficult to deal with being tired all the time.
Risk Factors for BruxismChildren are not at a high risk of developing bruxism and are known to grow out of the condition. Stress is a frequent cause of bruxism as well as substance intake. Tobacco use and use of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can lead to a much higher likelihood of bruxism.
TreatmentWe have some great solutions to the issue of bruxism. Many times we are able to effectively treat the problem with mouth guards that are specially designed to prevent you from being able to grind your teeth. We supply night guards that not only prevent grinding but act as deterrents to grinding. Don’t settle for inferior over-the-counter solutions that can exacerbate the issue.
Please call us today at (219) 250-1163 to schedule an appointment.