If you grind your teeth without being aware of it, you're hardly alone. Millions of Americans suffer from bruxism, which is another way of saying they regularly grind or gnash their teeth.
Patients who have bruxism often don't know that it's happening, but they suffer the consequences. Long-term side effects include facial pain, headaches, and eroded teeth.
What Causes Bruxism?
The cause of bruxism is hard to pinpoint, but our Glendale dentists acknowledge that it can impact both children and adults.
Many factors can trigger bruxism, including medication, genetics, habits, illness, anxiety, A-type leadership personalities, and misaligned bites.
Symptoms of Bruxism
One of the most tell-tale signs of bruxism is enamel erosion. Grinding teeth often creates cracks that expose the layer beneath the enamel. This wear-and-tear on teeth allows bacteria to enter and lead to tooth decay.
Other signs and of bruxism include:
- Fractured teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Grinding during sleep
- Lack of sleep
How We Treat Eroded Teeth
The good news is that there is more than one cosmetic dental treatment that can repair grinded teeth.
First, we will work on controlling the bruxism before we focus on restoration.
Common treatment includes a night guard while you sleep. These are clear plastic appliances that can be comfortably worn and relieve the symptoms of bruxism.
Another popular treatment includes BOTOX® injections to help relax your jaw muscles.
Some lifestyle habits can impact your oral health, including tobacco, alcohol, and recreational drugs. Eliminating these elements from your lifestyle can deter bruxism. Stress management exercises, like mindfulness, for our particularly driven patients can also help.
Are You Interested in Learning More?
There are many options for oral health issues, including teeth grinding. If you would like to protect your dental future, give the dental office of Dr. Kim a call today.