Don’t Let Bruxism Get Out of Control

If you are grinding and clenching your teeth it could have something to do with stress. While anxiety isn’t the only reason people suffer from a condition known as bruxism, it could be a contributing factor.

Your Pasadena Dentist, Dr. Paul Shinto, explains that bruxism leads to worn teeth and jaw problems, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Bruxism an Issue Best Left Treated

If you don’t address your clenching and tooth grinding you will eventually run into problems.

Tooth clenching and grinding cause worn down teeth and TMJ problems. Your TMJ or temporormandibular joint is what connects your upper to lower jaw. It can be affected if you are a tooth grinder.

If you clench and grind you might deal with:

Chronic Headaches and Earaches

Facial Pain

TMJ Disorder

Household Sleep Disruptions

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Loss

Worn Down Teeth

Broken Fillings and Dental Crowns

While tooth damage can occur with severe bruxism, it will eventually happen to people who are chronic jaw clenchers and tooth grinders.

Oral Appliance Therapy in Pasadena

Oral appliance therapy is customized for your needs. In some cases, an oral splint may be recommended while in other cases, a custom made mouth guard may be needed. Because everyone is different, your customized bruxism solution is tailor made just for you.

Customized splints and mouth guards prevent further tooth damage and wear. They also help your muscles relax so you can get a better night’s sleep.

Why You Suffer from Bruxism

Sadly, there is no one reason why people clench and grind. Stress is a huge factor as are certain medications, but what it really boils down to is that no one knows for sure.

Sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, and jaw and teeth problems can also be a factor when it comes to diagnosing and treating bruxism.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy for tooth clenching and grinding, call or send a direct message to a team member from Dr. Paul Shinto’s Dental Practice in Pasadena today.