What is Bruxism?

Not knowing what may be causing you pain can be one of the most frustrating and daunting experiences any individual may encounter. One issue that patients of your Stamford dentist have struggled with in this realm is with that of bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding.

Bruxism is usually performed at night while the patient is asleep, only to have them wake and suffer the consequences.

It may not always be easy to identify alone and for that reason today your Stamford dentist has provided some information about the signs, repercussions and possible treatments for chronic teeth grinding, aka- bruxism.

Signs & Symptoms
You may notice that the chewing surface of your teeth is smoothening out, your teeth are physically shrinking and you have new pops or clicks in your jaw. Many sufferers of bruxism also develop chronic migraines from the pressure that the jaw is using during sleep. The teeth may also become more sensitive and ache due to micro-fractures that form from the force applied.

Results
If a professional, such as your Stamford dentist, does not treat your bruxism it could result in tooth loss, jaw structural damage, muscle injury and as stated previously, the teeth cracking. These cracks in the teeth can end up resulting in more “typical” dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease forming as well.

Solutions
The most popular method for solving cases of teeth grinding involves wearing a night guard, a mouth guard during your slumber. This guard not only can space the teeth from making contact, but also provides a smooth surface for the grinding urge to not cause harm. Other methods of treatment include stress management courses, behavioral modification therapy, massage and surgery.

If you or a loved one believes you have been grinding your teeth in your sleep- being proactive is key to avoiding the devastating impact of bruxism.

Schedule an appointment with your Stamford dentist today to assess your situation and find the best treatment method for you. Call our office to schedule at (203) 252-2000.