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Bruxism is defined as excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For many, this condition goes unnoticed until symptoms begin to surface.
Symptoms may include: Teeth grinding or clenching loud enough to wake others Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth Increased sensitivity of the teeth Soreness or tightness in the jaw or face A dull headache or earache
Psychological and physical causes include: Emotions – Anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration
Strategy to cope or focus – Usually during the day, but patients may not even be aware that they're doing it,/li>
Malocclusion – Poorly aligned teeth may be a factor
Sleep Apnea – Bruxism often accompanies sleep disorders and acid reflux
Medications – Specific psychiatric medications may cause patients to grind their teeth
Good treatment options available: Custom Therapeutic Nightguards – Look for a dentist who has special training to fabricate a custom therapeutic nightguard that can help prevent further damage to your teeth while also inhibiting your subconscious desire to engage in bruxism while sleeping. "Facebow" and "Centric Relation" are terms you should listen for when your dentist explains how s/he fabricates custom therapeutic nightguards. A custom therapeutic nightguard requires more than a simple impression of your upper and lower teeth and is much better than anything that can be purchased over the counter or via the internet.
Mental Health Checkup– psychological causes for bruxism may be alleviated with mental health professional counseling.
By better understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of bruxism, you can find the relief you need and protect your smile from further damage.
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Gifford Family Dentistry
1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Suite E
Portland, OR 97239