Posted on 8/30/2018 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
|Bruxism happens when you grind or clench your teeth. This condition is classified as a sleep disorder since it usually occurs at night, when you sleep, however, many people also clench or grind their teeth during the day.
Stress and anxiety are some of the causes of bruxism. In addition to headaches and toothaches from the pressure, another side effect of bruxism is that it wears down your teeth because of the constant motion of rubbing them against each other.
Bruxism Can Cause Teeth Damage
The act of grinding or clenching your teeth every night will eventually wear down the enamel, the outer layer of the teeth that acts as a barrier to protect them from decay.
The pressure from bruxism can also cause chips and cracks on teeth or fillings, which results in additional dental work. If left untreated, bruxism could change the shape of your teeth and you will need cosmetic surgery to repair them.
How is Bruxism Treated?
If you suspect you suffer from bruxism and are experiencing symptoms of the disease, it is important to get an evaluation. Once a diagnosis is made, we can begin a treatment that will help you feel better.
Bruxism is usually treated by using a mouth guard at night.
We usually recommend a custom-made mouth guard that is made by taking impressions of your teeth or you can simply purchase one at a pharmacy. A mouth guard helps the jaw to relax at night and separates the teeth, so they don't rub against each other. In more severe cases, a patient could need a dental procedure, such as a crown, to correct the problem.
If you think bruxism is wearing down your teeth, please give us a call and we will bring you in for an evaluation where our dentist will determine if any treatment is needed.
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