Brian Davey DDS

Is This Nighttime Habit Wearing Down Teeth and Affecting Jaw Health?

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Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a common problem that can have serious consequences for oral health. Bruxism is characterized by the grinding or clenching of the teeth, often during sleep. It can cause a number of problems, including wear and tear on the teeth, jaw pain, and headaches. In severe cases, it can even lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Nighttime teeth grinding, also known as sleep bruxism, is a common form of bruxism that occurs during sleep. It is often caused by stress, anxiety, or other factors such as sleep disorders, medications, or alcohol consumption. When we grind our teeth, it puts a lot of pressure on the teeth and can wear them down over time. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, and a variety of other problems.

TMJ disorder, or TMD, is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull. It can cause a number of symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing. In severe cases, it can even lead to difficulty speaking or opening the mouth. Bruxism is one of the leading causes of TMD, as the constant grinding and clenching of the teeth can put a lot of strain on the temporomandibular joints and cause them to become inflamed.

There are several treatment options available for bruxism and TMD. These may include lifestyle changes such as stress management techniques, avoiding triggers such as alcohol and caffeine, and using a mouthguard or splint to protect the teeth while sleeping. In more severe cases, other treatments such as medications or physical therapy may be necessary.

It is important to seek treatment for bruxism and TMD as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the teeth and temporomandibular joints. If you think you may be grinding your teeth at night or are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is important to see a dental professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common problem that can have serious consequences for oral health. It can cause wear and tear on the teeth and can even lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. There are several treatment options available for bruxism and TMD, including lifestyle changes, mouthguards or splints, and medications. If you think you may be grinding your teeth at night or are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is important to see a dental professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. To learn more about treatment options for TMJ Disorder or Bruxism, call our office today at 858-538-8300.