Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with a sore jaw, headache, or even sensitive teeth? If so, you might be grinding your teeth. Bruxism is a condition in which an individual grinds or clenches their teeth, often during sleep. Bruxism may occur in the daytime, during waking periods but it is far less common. The exact cause of bruxism is unknown. Research has discovered that stress and anxiety are key links, as well as an abnormal bite or result of misaligned teeth.
What are the dental implications?
Over time, bruxism can cause severe dental issues, including wear and tear on the teeth enamel, erosion, and sensitivity. After a prolonged period, grinding can even lead to tooth fratures and tooth loss. Bruxism can cause severe jaw pain and can significantly damage dentition, leading to the need for extensive dental work such as crowns, bridges, and implants.
What are the treatment options?
One of the most common treatments for bruxism is wearing a mouthguard while sleeping to protect the teeth from damage caused by grinding. Bruxism is a common condition and at Brian Y. Kuo DDS, we offer all these services that are consequent to grinding. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. Early intervention is curcial in preventing any long-term damage to your dental health and overall wellbeing.