Bruxism is characterized by the clenching or grinding of one’s teeth. People may not be aware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth because it usually occurs unconsciously, often during sleep. Because of the strain and pressure that it puts on teeth, bruxism can also be tied to other disorders that compromise the structural integrity of teeth.
Bruxism is a common dental problem that affects millions of people. In fact, 10% of adults have been diagnosed with the disorder. Patients with missing or crooked teeth and those who use alcohol or tobacco products are also more prone to bruxism than others. However, bruxism is as treatable as it is common.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Know the symptoms and signs of teeth clenching and grinding for early intervention:
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Broken Fillings or Crowns
- Dulled Tooth Enamel
- Loose Teeth
- Fractured Teeth
- Jaw Soreness
- Jaw Popping or Clicking
- Muscle Soreness
- Discomfort While Eating
People who grind or clench their teeth may be more prone to breaking or wearing down their teeth, which may cause more dental problems. Teeth may chip or crack if teeth clenching and grinding persists.
In the short-term, bruxism causes irritated nerves and facial pain. If left untreated, the tension caused by bruxism may result in weakened tooth enamel. However, Dr. David J. Weinstock & Associates have effective treatments and treatment plans that are built to protect teeth and prevent further tooth damage.
How to Treat Bruxism
Before treatment, Dr. David J. Weinstock conducts a thorough oral exam with each and every patient. He will analyze a patient’s bite to see which stage of the disorder the patient may be in.
For treatment, Dr. David J. Weinstock provides patients suffering from bruxism with an oral sleep guard. Worn at night, the mouth guard protects teeth from further damage and wear. The guard keeps teeth in place to keep them properly aligned in the mouth. Dr. David J. Weinstock custom-fits each guard for patients for personalized care. This treatment interrupts further deterioration for improved oral health.
Schedule an Appointment
It is important for you to get the correct professional dental treatment you need sooner than later, so do not compromise your oral health. If you have noticed that you suffer from some of the symptoms of bruxism, or have noticed telltale signs of the disorder, call us at (215) 857-8054 or schedule an appiontment with us online here.