Often a complication of TMJ disorder, chronic teeth grinding is known as bruxism. Over time, this disorder can actually damage teeth and lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. How do you stop grinding your teeth? How do you recognize the warning sign of this serious oral health concern?
Try Our Quiz on Teeth Grinding
- True or False: Multiple factors can lead to bruxism.
- True or False: You may only grind your teeth at night.
- True or False: For many, this is a temporary issue.
- True or False: The doctor can discuss possible treatment options.
- True. Teeth grinding can occur as a result of stress, jaw joint issues (such as TMJ disorder), tooth loss, or malocclusion. We will need to assess the cause of your teeth grinding episodes before we recommend a treatment option.
- True. Most people only have episodes during sleep. However, there are warning signs that may be present during the day, such as sore jaws, toothaches/tooth sensitivity, and chronic headaches. If one or more of these warning signs sound familiar, then schedule an appointment. The doctor can perform a diagnosis to see if you need treatment for bruxism and/or TMJ disorder.
- True. In most cases, especially in children, episodes of grinding or clenching occur sporadically and aren’t long lasting. However, if the issue continues to persist the pressure can wear down tooth enamel, leading to a high risk of tooth decay, infection, or cracked/chipped teeth.
- True. We may address the issue with Invisalign to correct misalignment, or possibly with a dental restoration. However, in many cases an oral appliance can place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing further damage. In addition, an oral appliance can also reposition the jaw, easing symptoms of TMJ disorder and bruxism.