What is Bruxism?

Do you often wake up with jaw or facial pain? You may have bruxism.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism is a condition that can occur unconsciously and during sleep. About 10% of the adult population suffers from bruxism, which is often caused by misaligned, missing, or crooked teeth, as well as stress and sleep apnea.

There are several signs to look for when it comes to bruxism, and it is important to receive the proper treatment to help save teeth and correct a misaligned bite.

Signs of Bruxism

Look for the common signs of bruxism:

  • Worn or flat teeth
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Earaches
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Jaw pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Lockjaw
  • Cheek sores

Wear and tear made to teeth over time can be stopped and further damage to teeth can be prevented with the right professional treatment.

Treatments for Bruxism

Dr. Robert Gauthier and the professionals at Apex Dental make it their mission to provide comfortable and comprehensive dental care to their patients. Prior to treatment, Dr. Gauthier will assess your teeth and bite as well as review your budget and oral health goals. After the assessment, one of these treatments may be chosen:

Bite Guard

This device is a removable and custom-made guard that can be worn at night or during high-stress situations where teeth clenching or grinding can occur. Bite guards stop bruxism at the source and help protect teeth from wear.

Bite Alignment Therapy

Properly aligned teeth can provide a proper solution to bruxism. Invisible braces may be needed to correct malocclusion or the improper alignment of teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

To repair damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching, cosmetic dentistry is a great option. Repairing worn or chipped teeth with dental veneers, dental crowns, and cosmetic bonding not only restores the appearance of teeth but improves function.

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