Do you have jaw pain, headaches, or teeth that feel loose or sore? These may be signs of a teeth-grinding habit known as bruxism.
Clenching or grinding your teeth can take a toll on your oral and overall well-being. Conditions such as stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, bite problems, and misaligned teeth can contribute to these harmful oral habits.
Bruxism can lead to a TMJ disorder involving dysfunction and inflammation of the joint articulating the upper and lower jaws. With TMJ problems, you may find it difficult to open your mouth, swallow, speak and chew. Bruxism can also cause your teeth to chip, loosen, and break due to the repetitive forces generated when the teeth gnash against each other.
Remember that your teeth need to meet in a way that supports functional harmony when opening and closing your mouth or performing other jaw movements. When the teeth don’t occlude in a healthy manner, it creates unbalanced and unhealthy forces.
Please be sure to let us know if you’re experiencing facial or jaw pain or other symptoms that may be associated with this habit.
Our office will determine why you’re clenching or grinding your teeth and provide care to alleviate your discomfort and promote improved oral function.
Every case is unique. Depending on the causes and contributing factors, we may fabricate a custom nightguard, perform minor bite adjustments known as occlusal equilibration, replace specific dental restorations, or recommend orthodontic care.