What is bruxism?
WHEN STRESS OR BITE MISALIGNMENT CAUSES PROBLEMS
Bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding; it is the act of clenching your teeth. Bruxism not only affects your teeth but also the structures nearby, including your head.
When teeth are under enormous pressure, the enamel can wear away, exposing the dentin and eventually breaking the teeth. Previous dental work can also be affected over time. Often your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is strained by bruxism, which can cause sore facial muscles and headaches. These complications can affect your overall health, which is why seeking treatment is important.
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Our Three-Step Treatment for Bruxism
Bruxism and Sleep Apnea
MANY PATIENTS HAVE BOTH CONDITIONS.
Research has shown that a surprising number of people have both obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and sleep-related bruxism. It is still unclear whether there is a causal relationship or only a correlation.
At Laurel Manor SleepCare, our holistic approach to dental therapy includes treatment for coexisting and related conditions. Dr. Rozensky completes an evaluation to determine the cause of your teeth grinding and recommends the right therapy for you.
Bruxism Treatment at Laurel Manor SleepCare
COMFORTABLE AND EFFECTIVE THERAPY
If your bruxism is unrelated to sleep apnea, we treat it with an occlusal guard or splint that is custom made for your mouth.
Your dentist confirms the relaxed position of your jaw with a bite registration, made by placing a fast-setting material between your teeth. We then make you a custom orthotic to reposition your jaw into a more physiological position. Once you reach an acceptable comfort level, we can talk more about long-term options.
What Causes Bruxism?
MULTIPLE CAUSES OF TEETH GRINDING
A combination of physical, psychological, and genetic factors may contribute to bruxism. If you grind your teeth while awake, it may be due to intense emotions such as tension, fear, anger, or stress. Bruxism during sleep may be a chewing activity associated with night wakings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your Bruxism Questions Answered
A lot of people unknowingly grind their teeth at night and wake up with headaches or jaw pain. Bruxism needs to be treated as soon as possible because the force generated by teeth grinding can cause severe dental problems.
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