Teeth Grinding

Do you grind or clench your teeth unconsciously? See a Del Mar dentist now because you might be suffering from the disorder, bruxism. People with bruxism often grind or clench their teeth during the day while others do it at nighttime, during sleep. Those with amild case of bruxism don’t require treatment although other may experience pain and other complication from the grinding teeth.

The following are symptoms of teeth grinding.

Patients with bruxism may have different symptoms related to the conditions such as:

  • Tooth sensitivity or pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Worn down tooth enamel
  • Fractured, chipped or worn down teeth
  • Bite marks on the cheeks or tongue

Causes of Teeth Grinding:

Doctors haven’t still able to determine the exact cause of bruxism. But, there are theories made by experts that certain factors can cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching like:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Misaligned upper and lower teeth
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Frustration and anger
  • Hyperactive and competitive personalities
  • Transitions in the sleep cycle
  • Side effects caused by certain antidepressants
  • Side effects caused by certain medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease

Teeth Grinding Treatment

Individuals with moderate to severe bruxism should immediately seek the help of a dentist to assess of they have damaged teeth and get fitted with a dental appliance such as a mouth guard. Mouth guards can help in preventing the teeth and enamel from wearing down because of the action of teeth grinding.

For those who have damaged teeth because of bruxism, dentists can provide treatment to restore their teeth to good health. Patients with bruxism can be treated with the following:

  • Fluoride treatments help by decreasing tooth sensitivity and toughen the enamel of the tooth
  • Dental bonding and porcelain veneers help fix chips and fractures
  • Dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns to support teeth damaged by tooth decay
  • Dental bridges, implants or dentures to replace missing teeth
  • TMJ treatment

If you have bruxism and are experiencing pain and other damaging symptoms, you can set an appointment with dentists at Del Mar Highlands Dentistry Office to discuss the condition and treatment options. Call our office at (858) 350-1005 for more information and to set an appointment.

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