Bruxism: Signs, Causes and Treatment

Do you often find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth in stressful situations? You may have a condition called bruxism.

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding or clenching of teeth. Many people unconsciously clench and grind their teeth during sleep or in stressful circumstances. Over time, bruxism can cause damage to teeth and may generate disorders that affect physical and oral health.

Signs of Bruxism

There are several warning signs and symptoms of bruxism:

  • Facial pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Cheek sores
  • Flattened teeth
  • Worn and chipped teeth
  • Jaw pain

There are also pre-existing conditions that make certain patients more prone to bruxism than others.

Causes of Bruxism

Some of the conditions that cause bruxism are as follows:

  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Stress
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

However, there are treatments that can stop bruxism at the source and protect teeth from further wear and tear.

Treatment for Bruxism

Dr. John C. Cranham offers multiple treatments that treat bruxism and restore the appearance of teeth.

Mouth Guard Treatment

To stop teeth grinding and clenching at the source, a clear, removable mouth guard can be custom-built for you. After stopping bruxism at the source, problems like tooth damage and misaligned teeth can then be treated.

Bite Alignment Therapy

In cases where improperly aligned teeth are the cause of bruxism, invisible braces can be used to align teeth. This method ensures that the cause of the problem is eliminated and further damage is prevented.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Durable options such as dental veneers cover and improve the appearance of teeth. Porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and tooth bonding can last you for years to come with the right dental care. Cosmetic dentistry treatments look and feel like natural teeth because they are color matched to existing teeth.

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