This condition also goes by the name of clenching and the official term for the disorder is called Bruxism. If those who suffer from Bruxism don’t take action to treat their condition, they could cause serious damage to the health of their teeth.
This condition is so serious because for the vast majority of those that suffer from the condition, the grinding of the teeth only happens at night while they are sound asleep and completely unaware of the incurring damage.
Teeth Grinding Symptoms
If those who suffer from Bruxism sleep alone, it may take quite some time for them to discover the seriousness of their condition. Eventually, the symptoms of Bruxism will catch up with the sufferer however. These symptoms can be quite troublesome and extremely painful. Those with Bruxism can expect to experience chipped enamel or otherwise damaged teeth, pain in the jaw, excruciating headaches, and issues and pain in the gums.
If you’ve experienced one or more of these symptoms, you should immediately consult with our Dentist at Las Vegas Smile Center.
In this special dental exam, Dr. Arian will ask you about the symptoms that you have experienced and about your dental hygiene and bedtime habits. Next, our dentist will check your teeth for signs of grinding at night. He or she will evaluate the severity of your systems and proscribe fixes for the problems at hand.
These commonly include aching muscles around the mouth, damage to the teeth and dental crowns, and cracking and deterioration of the enamel. Additional problems could include severe damage to jaw bones and sores on the insides of the cheeks from the wear of biting and grinding.
Teeth Grinding Treatment
The treatment for Bruxism is two fold. First, there must be treatment for existing symptoms. This will include correcting damage that may have occurred to the teeth.
Things like replacing broken dental crowns, dental fillings, and repairing enamel that has been damaged. Additionally, proper attention and care should be given to damaged gums and in serious cases, the jaw may need to be examined by a specialist. The second step of the process is to stop the ill effects of Bruxism. There are several different treatments that are available to fight the destructiveness of the condition.
First, the simplest way to treat Bruxism is to wear mouth guards at night. Mouth guards will prevent serious damage from occurring. However, it will never permanently halt the damaging affects of Bruxism. Additionally, because teeth often become misaligned due to the grinding of the teeth, Dr. Afshin may proscribe an alignment assistant like Invisalign.
Invisalign and similar products are great for quick fixes to repair teeth alignment issues with ease. To further prevent the grinding of the teeth at night, a doctor or dentist should work with a patient to lessen stress, a major cause of Bruxism. In some situations, medication may be employed by a professional for better results.