What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the the habitual or involuntary grinding of teeth. Bruxism can occur during the day. Most often, bruxism occurs during the night and is known as sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism is stereotyped movement disorder that is grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep.
How to Determine You Have Bruxism
It is very hard for teeth grinders or clenchers to know they are grinding or clenching their teeth. More often than not, grinding will be pointed out by a friend or family member as they can hear it. However, if you commonly wake up with a headache, sore jaw, sensitive teeth, sore teeth. It would be a good idea to talk to Dr. Soordhar at Oasis Dental about bruxism (grinding) or clenching.
Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Bruxism
What’s likely causing my symptoms or condition?
There are many different causes of bruxism. Such causes are:
Are there other possible causes?
You may have more than one cause of bruxism. It is good to get the whole picture.
Is my condition likely temporary or long-term?
The length of your conditions is determined by the cause.
What’s the best treatment?
Each cause of bruxism has it’s own treatment. It is good to determine the correct treatment for you.
Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
It is good to make sure your are doing everything possible to help your dentist treat your bruxism.
Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have? What websites do you recommend?
Any extra information you have about bruxism will make you a better informed patient. This will help with future discussions with your dentist.
Common Questions Asked by Dentists
Before you talk to your doctor about bruxism, keep in mind the following questions.
When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
How severe are your symptoms?
What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
What, if anything, seems to worsen your symptoms?
Dental Fixes to Bruxism
Splints or Mouth Guards
Splints or mouth guards are used to keep teeth separated so that damage does not continue. These splints or guards can be constructed of hard acrylic and are placed over the top and bottom teeth. These are mostly worn at night.
An abnormal alignment of the top and bottom teeth or malocclusion is sometimes the cause of bruxism. Your dentist may need to reshape your teeth so that they fit better together.
Also, some work may need to be done to fix the effects of bruxism. Your dentist may need to put in crowns to protect sensitive teeth. Braces may also be recommended to help your teeth fit better together.
Please feel free to contact us if you want to learn more about how we treat bruxism, clenching or grinding.