Bruxism Q&A

man learning about bruxismGrinding your teeth can become a difficult habit to break. Often, bruxism remains undiagnosed until you notice serious symptoms, causing pain and discomfort. Fortunately, many cases do not need treatment and will subside on their own. However, some severe cases of bruxism may be associated with TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suspect you are suffering from bruxism, visit your dentist for a thorough examination to prevent possible complications.

What are symptoms of Bruxism?

Many people experience headaches as a result of bruxism. This is because the constant tightening and relaxing of jaw muscles creates tension around your temples. Chipped, flattened, and worn teeth are common consequences and may be more likely to be noticed by your dentist. You may also notice sensitivity in your teeth, and experience dull pain in your jaw or ear.

When should I see my dentist?

Some symptoms of bruxism are benign, and will not cause long term damage. However, if you notice pain or swelling in your jaw or face as a result of bruxism, schedule an examination with your dentist as soon as possible.

Why do I grind my teeth?

Causes of bruxism are not yet completely understood, since there are a wide variety of factors that could play a role. If you are taking any medications, ask your doctor if muscle tension/spasms and teeth-grinding are possible side effects. Stress, anxiety, depression, and frustration are some emotional triggers of bruxism and should be addressed appropriately to prevent damage to your teeth. Also, misalignment of your top and bottom teeth, or malocclusion, can cause your teeth to grind as your jaw tries to get comfortable.

How will my dentist help me?

If you need treatment for bruxism, you have several options available. Custom mouth guards are designed to separate your teeth and prevent damage from sleep bruxism. If your teeth do not line up properly, then orthodontic correction may also be a beneficial treatment. Learning ways to better manage stress can be extremely beneficial in treating your bruxism as well as improving your overall health.

About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:

At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.