Effective Bruxism Treatment for a Healthier Smile
Bruxism is a clinical term used to described teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This typically occurs involuntarily during the night while sleeping and can be related to stress, bite disorders, and sleep apnea. It can develop into more serious oral health issues, such as tooth fractures, decay, and TMJ disorder. Our dentists at Metropolitan Dental Care in Denver and Lone Tree, CO are equipped to provide the necessary bruxism treatment, including custom mouth guards to improve your smile.
What are the Side Effects?
It is estimated that about 30 to 40 million people deal with bruxism, making it a rather common condition. That averages out to one out of every three people who struggle with some form of this disorder. Bruxism can cause minor annoyances, such as interrupted sleep, or range in severity, requiring restorative treatment and periodontal care.
Side effects of bruxism can include:
- Jaw pain
- Facial swelling and tenderness
- Tooth pain
- Loose teeth resulting in dental misalignment or tooth loss
- Fractured teeth
- Damaged fillings
- Frequent headaches
- Gum tenderness and oral irritation
- Gum recession
- TMJ disorder
- Tight jaw muscles, making it difficult to open/close mouth
Common Causes of Bruxism
This oral health condition is often used unknowingly as a coping mechanism for people during moments of extreme stress and anxiety. Although bruxism often occurs in the middle of the night, it can also happen during traffic, an intense time at work, or simply from sadness and depression. It has been linked to malocclusion (improper bite alignment), facial nerve and muscle diseases, as well a negative side effect of hyperactivity in children.
While children generally outgrow bruxism, adults who are facing this issue need to seek immediate attention before the condition develops into something more serious and results in costly restorative treatment.