Understanding Bruxism: Protect Your Smile from Teeth Grinding

Understanding Bruxism: Protect Your Smile from Teeth Grinding

Involuntary grinding and clenching of teeth are among people’s usual reactions to fear, shock, and anger. For some, they experience this throughout the day as a response to stress.

These involuntary teeth clenching and grinding movements are called bruxism, which people can experience at any time. Some may experience this while awake and be unaware they do it when asleep at night. Usually, the force you exert during sleep bruxism is powerful, leading to severe jaw and teeth problems. This issue needs proper treatment to prevent further oral damage.

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What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition of voluntarily and involuntarily clenching and grinding of teeth. This can be frequent during sleep. Even in the daytime, bruxism can still happen, especially to anxious individuals.

What Causes Bruxism?

Personality type and too much stress are among the most common reasons for bruxism. Those dealing with tension, frustration, pain, or anger, and people who are overly competitive and aggressive are the ones that usually experience this condition.

Imbalance in neurotransmitters of the brain is also another cause of bruxism, according to research. It could also be one of the side effects of some antidepressants such as paroxetine and fluoxetine.

How Does Bruxism Harm Your Teeth?

Teeth grinding will eventually erode the enamel necessary to protect and shine your teeth. This condition makes it one of the most common negative aspects of bruxism. With the voluntary or involuntary grinding, your teeth are likely to develop several conditions like dulling, staining, or yellowing of teeth, or worse, development of dental infections in the long run. Some complications of bruxism are damaged teeth and even tooth loss.

What to Expect

It is not a surprise that people experience teeth grinding while they are asleep at night. That is why they often have no idea they do until one of their family members or their significant other tells them about it. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism are having a sore jaw or constant headache.

You should consult your dentist if you experience or have been told you experience bruxism so he can evaluate your mouth and jaw.

Why Choose Bruxism Treatment?

Here are the following reasons why bruxism should be treated:

Gum Recession and Tooth Loss

The most common dental problems caused by bruxism are tooth loss and gum recession. Initially the soft tissues get damaged, then bacteria grow and eventually damage supporting bones, leading to tooth loss.

Occlusal Trauma

Due to unusual wear patterns on the occlusal surfaces, teeth get fractured and require restorative care.

Arthritis

Severe and chronic bruxism cases can cause severe arthritis in the Temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the joint that allows for the jaw’s smooth opening.

Myofascial Pain

Grinding shortens your teeth and causes them to become blunt. Aside from that, it causes myofascial pain and crippling headaches.

Dental Options for Bruxism

There are several tools and devices used to treat bruxism. The following are among the most common ways to cure bruxism:

Mouthguards

Acrylic mouthguards lessen the abrasive action of teeth surfaces while you are asleep. Dentists prescribe long-term wearing of mouthguards to keep temporomandibular joint and tooth damage at bay. Aside from that, they also balance the occlusion.

Botox®

Botox is injected into a facial muscle to weaken or relax it. It is very helpful in preventing the teeth from grinding. Rest assured, it does not and will not affect your daily and necessary activities such as speaking and chewing.

Other procedures to enhance and restore your smile after managing bruxism include crown lengthening, gum grafting, crowns and veneers.

Why Choose Dr. Hakimi?

He Listens to His Patients

Dr. Hakimi carefully asks you about your dental and medical background for him to be able to safely provide dental treatment and to achieve your desired outcomes. He puts utmost importance into answering your questions and discussing the possible results, facts, and recovery options so that you get to decipher your best choice ultimately. He will always provide you with information on the best course of treatment, when there are multiple treatment options.

The main aim of bruxism treatment is to minimize grinding, alleviate discomfort, and prevent permanent structural tooth damage and loss.

Clean, Safe, Private Treatment

Our sterilization equipment and all other dental equipment is regularly maintained and sanitized. Our team is educated on all necessary protocols. Our X-rays take pictures with better medical quality and minimal radiation. Besides that, our rooms are private, so you get to have privacy and full confidence in talking with Dr. Hakimi.

Dr. Hakimi’s comprehensive preparation and commitment to professionalism allow him to deliver  unparalleled dental services to his patients. Visit our office online or call us at (604)-574-4000 to hear more about the advanced treatments we offer!

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