How Badly can Bruxism Damage my Teeth?
Bruxism is the habit of grinding and clenching the teeth. Usually, patients are unaware that they are grinding their teeth, because it is happening during sleep. The patients only wake up with extremely sore jaw muscles and migraines, and they don’t know why. Maybe you are struggling with bruxism.
It is extremely important to treat the condition, as bruxism can actually start destroying the gum tissues and the jaw bones.
If you struggle with chronic bruxism, you are exposed to great risks of developing TMJ disorders (temporo-mandibular joint syndrome).
Since it is difficult to know about yourself that you are grinding your teeth (unless someone tells you), a dental checkup can reveal the entire truth.
During the checkup, the dentist will look for signs of particularly badly worn teeth, or fractured enamel on the teeth.
These are major signs indicating that you are grinding your teeth during the night.
Some other signs linked to bruxism may include pain in certain parts of the face, the neck and headaches.
The dentist is the best specialist who can tell you after a checkup if the pain in the face or in the neck actually comes from bruxism.
Bruxism main treatments
The dentist is the one who will carefully examine you and let you know which exactly is the cause of bruxism. Also, he will be able to appoint the most appropriate type of treatment.
Certainly, the type of treatment depends on how advanced is the damage done to your teeth. For example if your teeth are very badly worn, the dentist will suggest first reconstructive dental treatments, and then wearing a special silicone customized mouth guard.
If you will get dental veneers or dental crowns to correct the badly worn out teeth, it is extremely important to protect them with such a special guard during nights.
Such a custom made mouth guard will not allow the upper and lower dental arch to touch, so you will not be able to involuntarily grind your teeth. Also, the wearing of a mouth guard is only a preventative measure, and it does not represent a definite cure for the problem.
Bruxism is said to be the main issue of the stressed and anxious modern man. You accumulate stress all throughout the day, and then when you are in a relaxed state of mind, your reflexes still “remind” you that you have so many problems.
Therefore, managing stress and anxiety properly, will help greatly in the treatment. Try relaxation techniques, a hot bath, reading a book instead of watching TV, regular physical exercise to “exhaust” yourself and get rid of the accumulated stress…
The dentist might also try to alter your bite, through reconstructive treatments such as reducing the very high spots of some of your teeth, and thus correcting your bite.
Wearing orthodontics to correct the bite, replacing your old fillings to make the teeth align much better, or wearing new dental crowns can help correcting the problem. Get your dental appointment the soonest possible, in order to solve the bruxism related issues faster.
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