Treat bruxism (grinding and clenching) with a mouthguard.
Statistics show that about 40 million Americans have one of the oldest maladies known to man – bruxism.
Bruxism is also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. Bruxism is a very common condition that can be treated by our doctors here at Steinberg & Associates.
Grinding involves moving the jaw with the teeth held together. This results in substantial visible wear and flattening of the teeth which is usually obvious both to dentist and patient.
Clenching is holding the teeth together and tightening the jaw muscles, generally resulting in less obvious wear to the teeth. Can result in muscular soreness, pain, and damage to the jaw.
Signs & Symptoms
People with bruxism are 3x more likely to suffer headaches.
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Indentations on your tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw or face pain or soreness
- Dull headache originating in the temples
- Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
- Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
- Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s actually not a problem with your ear
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
Doctors don’t completely understand what causes bruxism. Possible physical or psychological causes may include:
- A coping strategy or focusing habit
- Stomach acid reflux into the esophagus
- Other sleep problems, such as sleep apnea
- Aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personality type
- Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion)
- Response to pain from an earache or teething (in children)
- Emotions, such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension
- Complication resulting from a disorder such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
- An uncommon side effect of some psychiatric medications, such as phenothiazines or certain antidepressants
Prevent tooth wear and further jaw issues.
People who grind their teeth may be unaware of the habit because it typically occurs while they sleep. Bruxism can have far-reaching effects on oral health, including tooth wear and the development of TMJ disorder. It is important to talk to one of our dentists if you think you are experiencing bruxism.
Mouthguards, bite guards and night guards help treat bruxism.
Our doctors can help assist you in identifying the need for a mouthguard (bite guard/night guard.) A mouthguard is a retainer-like hard plastic appliance worn at night while you sleep. It’s designed to protect your teeth from the pressure of clenching and motion of grinding by providing a protective cushion between your upper and lower teeth. A mouthguard can be a simple and affordable solution for protecting your teeth, jaw and jaw joint from the damaging effects of bruxism.