What is Bruxism, and are you a sufferer of Bruxism?
Bruxism is an involuntary, habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep, but it can also happen when you’re awake. Bruxism is an “oral Parafunctional activity”, which simply means that it’s not a normal jaw function such as chewing or talking.
Bruxism can damage the teeth as well as contributing to jaw pain and headaches. It is a very common condition, affecting about 10% of adults and from 15% to 30% of children. In fact, it affects nearly everyone at some point in their life.
TMJ Specialist Orlandoprovides treatment for bruxism and other related problems like TMJ. Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder, and often occurs along with other sleep disorders such as snoring.
Teeth grinding can be brought on by anxiety and stress, but it is often caused by other factors such as missing or crooked teeth that cause an abnormal bite. Bruxism often occurs in conjunction with chronic stress, Alzheimer’s disease, and alcohol abuse.
We have years of experience in treating bruxism and its related disorders. We not only treat bruxism but also provide:
* TMJ Disorder Treatment Services
* TMJ Therapy
* TMJ Surgery
* Craniosacral Treatment
If you’re grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw in your sleep, you may not be aware of doing it, but there will be clues. Some of the manifestations of TMJ and bruxismmay be: earache, depression, headaches, myofascial muscle pain, eating disorders, and anxiety.
Daily life, including aggressively brushing teeth, drinking liquids that are high in acid - such as soft drinks - or eating erosive foods, may cause teeth to wear unevenly. Your dentist will be able to tell whether or not the decline in the health of your teeth is due to bruxing by conducting a brief examination.
There are a variety of devices and services available through our office to help treat bruxism, including:
Botox injections to relax the muscles
A simple and cost effective dental device may be worn at home, during sleep. This device will monitor your jaw movements and will give the needed information to your dentist so he may design the most appropriate treatment.
Grinding of one's teeth is not only annoying, it is hard on your teeth and your jaw. Bruxism is also one of the leading causes of gums receding because it damages the soft tissue and also leads to having loose teeth and pockets where bacteria can grow and damage the underlying bone.
If you or a loved one suffers from this condition, make an appointment for a consultation at TMJ Specialist Orlandoright away to learn about the most appropriate solutions.
Our TMJand dental practice focuses on family, fun, and creating healthy, beautiful smiles. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 321-290-1786.