Many people suffer from the involuntary habit of grinding or clenching their teeth while they are sleeping. Known as bruxism, this habit can do more than just annoy your spouse or partner.
If it is left untreated for long enough, bruxism can result in jaw problems, chronic headache, uneven and accelerated tooth wear, and even tooth breakage. If you suffer from bruxism, it is very important that you seek out treatment as soon as you can.
What Causes Bruxism, and What Can Be Done?
The exact cause of bruxism will vary from person to person. Contributing factors include stress levels, a bite patter that is abnormal, a misalignment in the jaw, and other similar conditions. Regardless of the exact cause, the symptoms are similar, and the outcome can be devastating.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatments for bruxism. Depending on what is causing your bruxism, the treatment could be as simple as wearing a specially crafted mouth guard while you sleep. In some cases, you may need to undergo more extensive treatment. In rare cases, you might even need surgery.
Aside from undergoing proactive treatments as outlined above, you might want to consider cutting back on certain things. If you consume a great deal of caffeine or alcohol, this could be contributing to your bruxism. Also, if you are in the habit of chewing anything that is not food—such as pens, pencils, or even chewing gum—you might want to reconsider. These habits train your jaw muscles to clench and will contribute to bruxism.
Get Treatment Right Away
If you think you might have bruxism, you should come see us right away. You might think that it’s not a big deal, but the truth of the matter is that bruxism can lead to serious problems if you neglect it long enough. It is even possible to crack or break your teeth.
So, don’t wait. Contact us today and let us help.
For more information about bruxism, call Dr. Frank S. Sciabica in Issaquah, WA at 425-392-3900 or visit www.issaquahdentists.com.
Dr. Sciabica proudly serve patients from Issaquah and all surrounding areas.