Teeth Grinding or CLenching (Bruxism)
Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together. Grinding occurs when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other.
What are some the possible symptoms of Bruxism?
- Sore Jaw
- Clenching or Grinding Teeth
- Frequent Toothaches
- Facial Pain
- Worn or Fractured Tooth Enamel
- Loose Teeth
What causes Bruxism?
Bruxism, can develope at any age, and children as well as adults can have the habit of grinding their teeth. Although the causes are not certain, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may be responsible.
The doctors at the Dentists of MIssouri can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth. Regular dental checkups are important to detect damage in the early stages. The Dentists of MIssouri can treat irregular wear on teeth and facial pain that may result from bruxism.
How is Bruxism treated?
Your options depend on what is causing your bruxism. If stress is the cause, we recommend you find ways to relax. Reading a book, listening to quiet music, taking a walk or a warm bath may help. Practicing relaxation techniques may also be helpful.
The Dentists of Missouri may also suggest NightGuard to wear while you sleep. Custom-made, from soft material to fit your teeth, NightGuard slips over the upper and lower teeth and prevents contact between them. It helps relieve some of the pressure of grinding or clenching, which can damage delicate jaw joints.
Treatment for those with an abnormal bite may involve reducing the “high spots” on one or more teeth. For serious cases, we may suggest reshaping or reconstructing the biting surfaces with inlays or crowns.
The pain from Bruxism can be relieved by paying attention to the symptoms, frequent dental visits and good communication with the doctors at the Dentists of Missouri offices.
Please call one of our convenient offices with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
St. Louis City Office
Chippewa Dental Group
6680 Chippewa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
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