Bruxism is the grinding, clenching or locking of your teeth either at day or during the night. If you have Bruxism at night, you are likely to have other sleep issues such as sleep apnea or snoring. If left untreated, Bruxism can lead to more serious issues such as: damaged teeth, damaged crowns, increased tooth sensitivity, face pain and migraines.
- Stress or high amounts of negative emotions
- Improper jaw alignment
- Other sleep conditions like sleep apnea
- Acid Reflux
- Side effects of some medications
- Improperly aligned teeth
- Splint or Mouth Guards – A mold is made of the teeth, and a custom plastic mouth guard is made to prevent the teeth from becoming damaged and to help with other issues such as jaw alignment.
- Teeth Straightening – Sometimes, the alignment of teeth may cause or contribute to Bruxism. In these cases, the dentist will either straighten or reshape the tooth to treat the issue.
- Medication – An alternate treatment includes muscle relaxants. The medication is taken at night to keep from grinding the teeth.
- Protection from teeth and crown damage or grinding
- Decreased tooth sensitivity
- Relief from muscle pain and migraines
- Help realigning the jaw