Bruxism is the technical name for clenching or grinding your jaw.? This condition most often occurs when the top and bottom teeth are tightly held together and usually leads to sliding the teeth back and forth over each other.? Bruxism is most common during sleep, yet, even though it is most common at night there are instances of bruxism occurring the day as well.
There are many factors that contribute to bruxism.? The top causes of this condition are stress, nervous clenching, teeth misalignment, posture, diet, and/or poor sleeping habits.
If left untreated bruxism can lead to TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder).? TMJD is a serious condition that is created and worsened by bruxism and the pressure it puts on the muscles, tissues, and bones in and around your jaw.? Aside from TMJ, bruxism has been linked to anxiety, stress, tension, depression, earaches, headaches, teeth sensitivity, insomnia, and/or shooting pains in your jaw.
To prevent bruxism (and the aforementioned conditions) the best treatment is having a professional night guard (or occlusal guard) made at Tremont Dental Care in the South End of Boston (or your local dentist).? This appliance will protect your teeth and jaw from clenching and grinding, in fact most patients notice a difference within the first week.? Reducing stress and massaging neck and facial muscles also aids in fighting bruxism symptoms.
Despite the fact that bruxism is not a very dangerous condition it can lead to permanent tooth and jaw damage.? It can also lessen the life span of fillings, crowns, bridges, and/or veneers.
If you ever feel like you may be grinding or clenching or if someone has told you it sounds like you do your best option is to have Tremont Dental Care give you an exam and fit you for a night guard as soon as possible.