Stronger Teeth Through Bruxism Treatment
Bruxism is the clinical name for unconscious, sometimes uncontrollable teeth grinding. When left untreated, it could cause irreversible damage to your teeth and increasingly worse problems for your jaw and bite. Not to be confused with occasional teeth grinding, such as when you’re agitated or in pain, bruxism often occurs at night, while you’re asleep and unaware of it.
Treatment for bruxism usually focuses on protecting your teeth from touching each other, and if necessary, repairing any dental damage that may have already occurred. If you grind your teeth because of an underlying dental/bite issue, such as crooked teeth or TMJ disorder, then correcting the issue could be necessary before you can successfully treat bruxism.
How to Treat Bruxism
While there is no one common cause for bruxism, common contributing factors can include excessive stress, crooked teeth, or other dental issues that could affect your bite balance. Like TMJ disorder, bruxism affects the proper function of your bite, and its symptoms may extend beyond your teeth and jaw. Common warning signs of bruxism include:
- Loud grinding noises at night (usually noticed by a sleeping partner)
- Excessively worn chewing surfaces on your teeth
- Chips and cracks in tooth structure
- Tooth discomfort and sensitivity, especially upon waking in the morning
- Chronic headaches and migraines, especially in the morning
- Exhausted, tight, and/or painful muscles in your jaw and face
- And more
Also like TMJ disorder, bruxism can often be treated with a custom-designed oral appliance. The nightguard will protect your teeth from the stress and friction of grinding together, preventing excessive wear and damage to your teeth. If one or more of your teeth have already suffered damage, Dr. Khan can suggest appropriate restorative treatment to repair them.