“Bruxism” is the medical term for grinding or clenching the teeth. Many people suffer from bruxism without even being aware of it. It’s important to understand the consequences of teeth grinding and the treatments available to you.
How is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
Roughly 10 percent of bruxism sufferers grind their teeth so hard that they are reduced to nubs. These patients have to have complete reconstructive surgery.
Whether or not your teeth grinding habit is that serious, bruxism always has consequences. Some of the effects of teeth grinding include:
- Wearing away of teeth and enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and susceptibility to other problems
- Loosening of teeth from the gums
- Tooth loss
- Fractured teeth
- Receding Gums
- Jaw pain (TMJ disorder)
- Recurring headaches
- Tooth pain
Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, so you may be confused about where your daily symptoms are coming from. Come see the Fayetteville Dentist for a bruxism analysis. We can honestly tell you if we believe bruxism may be the cause of your headaches, dental damage, or tooth sensitivity.
Why Do People Grind and Clench their Teeth?
What causes bruxism? Patients of any age can develop it. The condition can come and go, or become a lifelong habit.
Reasons for tooth grinding include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Difficulty sitting still
- Dental occlusions
- Sleep apnea
Many patients release stress, anxiety, or nervous energy through teeth grinding.
Mouth Guard for Grinding Teeth
What are your bruxism treatment options? Often, the most successful treatment for teeth grinding is simple and noninvasive: a mouth guard for grinding teeth.
The Fayetteville Dentist can design a custom mouth guard for grinding teeth based on your unique smile. You can wear your guard at night to prevent your teeth from grinding and clenching. Mouth guards are portable, convenient, and easy to take care of.
We provide our patients with comfortable, custom mouth guards. To learn more about bruxism and teeth grinding treatment, give us a call in Fayetteville today!