From time to time most people grind their teeth or clench their jaw. Fortunately the act of occasional teeth grinding isn’t much to worry about. Constant clenching and gnashing is called bruxism. This is a concern and can damage the outer structure of your teeth or lead to other complications.
The most common form of the ailment is sleep bruxism, where you unconsciously clench your teeth during the night. There are several reasons you might grind teeth in sleep, including: emotions or stress, aggression, stimulants or abnormal alignment of teeth. Many people also grind their teeth during the day, as a habit or response to anxiety.
You might not know about your teeth grinding, but you can look for these signs and symptoms of the condition:
1.Teeth are flat or fractured
2.Loose or chipped teeth
3.Sensitivity due to worn enamel and exposed dentin
4.Face and jaw pain or soreness
5.Fatigued facial muscles
6.Earache-like pain, without an actual earache
7.Damage to the lining of your cheek
8.Indentations on your tongue
9. Grinding noises loud enough to wake your sleep partner
10. Exhaustion or irritation from lack of comfortable sleep
Treatment depends on the causes. That is why it is important to call Avatar Dental Care and talk to Dr. Ali or other professional at our office. They will ask a series of detailed questions to determine the root cause of your teeth grinding and find the best possible solution. Some treatment options include:
Stress Relief and Muscle Relaxants
Certain therapies for stress management and behavioral therapy can also help treat teeth grinding. You might try professional counseling or other methods that promote relaxation. You could also benefit from medications, though they are not the most effective treatment.
The dentist designs these custom appliances to protect your teeth or help prop your jaw open to prevent grinding. He or she will fit them to the upper or lower teeth, and you can wear it during the day or while you sleep.
If bruxism is related to dental problems, aligning or reshaping teeth with orthodontics, restorations, or oral surgery can correct the condition.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Researchers have observed that one third of bruxism patients also suffer from an underlying sleep disorder, like apnea. New research connects bruxism to mild sleep apnea—where the grinding actually works to reopen a partially blocked airway. Treating the apnea with CPAP also cures bruxism.
If you suspect you are suffer from bruxism, it might be time to consult with Avatar Dental Care. Call (571) 577-9961 or come visit us at 545 E. Market Street, Suite G, Leesburg, VA 20176 today. Get the professional help you need.