The Daily Grind that Jeopardizes Your Smile
The medical name for jaw clenching and teeth grinding is bruxism. You might not think that bruxism is a big deal. After all, we all clench our jaws or grind our teeth occasionally — typically due to frustration or anger. But that’s not bruxism. This condition is characterized by chronic clenching and grinding, usually while you sleep. Lots of bruxers don’t even know they’re doing it. Someone may mention to them that they seem to be grinding their teeth at night, or the person may awaken with a sore jaw and/or a headache.
Bruxism patients in St. Charles MO trust Dr. Jeffrey Smith for safe, effective, and non-invasive bruxism treatment. He delivers comprehensive care to alleviate the negative impact of this condition.
Bruxism: Cause and Effect
Doctors don’t know the exact causes of bruxism. Anxiety may play a role. Some personality types may be prone to clenching and grinding. Some think that bite misalignment may have something to do with it. Caffeine intake has been blamed, as well.
No matter the cause, the results of bruxism can be damaging to your smile. It can cause teeth to wear abnormally and can damage dental restorations, such as crowns. Bruxers may complain of headaches and facial pain. The clenching and grinding can also stress the jaw joints and contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. In severe cases, hearing can be impaired.
Many St. Charles MO patients experience relief from bruxism with a custom-made mouthguard. Made of comfortable acrylic, a mouthguard can prevent clenching and grinding at night to alleviate the discomfort and damage of bruxism. Dr. Smith may also recommend changes to lifestyle habits, such as reducing caffeine intake or trying techniques to reduce stress. The doctor and our team will work with you to address your unique situation and customize a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Stop bruxism before it damages your smile. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith.