Teeth Grinding – Bruxism Treatment
Awake to a headache or sore jaw? Up to 15% of Americans suffer from bruxism during their sleep, while up to 30% of people grind their teeth. The main teeth grinding causes include stress, anxiety, and sleeping issues such as apnea and snoring.
If untreated, bruxism can lead to seriously damaged teeth, horrible jaw pain, headaches, locked jaw, and worn tooth enamel. Dentist in Fort Lauderdale specializes in the diagnosis and management of bruxism. With custom-fitted mouthguards, stress reduction techniques, and restorative dental treatments.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition characterized by the involuntary grinding teeth in sleep. It can occur while the individual is awake or during sleep. Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder, and individuals who clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).
The effects of bruxism can be quite extensive, impacting dental health and overall quality of life. Chronic teeth grinding can lead to several problems, such as:
- Tooth Damage – includes wearing down of the tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and even fractured or chipped teeth.
- Jaw Disorders. Prolonged grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which cause pain and restricted movement in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.
- Headaches. Frequent bruxism can be associated with tension-type headaches.
- Facial Pain – continuous clenching and grinding can lead to facial pain and fatigue in the muscles of the face.
- Earache. Bruxism can cause pain that feels like an earache, due to the proximity of the temporomandibular joint to the ear canal.
What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?
Do you suspect your gnash or grind your teeth during your sleep? Here are the main bruxism symptoms:
- Increased tooth pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Flattened teeth
- Chipped tooth
- Tight and sore jaw muscles
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Worn tooth enamel
If you have any of the above symptoms of bruxism, we recommend booking an appointment and letting our experienced dentists inspect your teeth. We will quickly identify if you suffer from bruxism and recommend low cost treatments to cure your ailment.
There is no reason to suffer the above symptoms when we have the solution! Don’t let your bruxism get worse and result in you having to get your teeth replaced.
What Causes Bruxism?
Awake bruxism is largely caused by anxiety and stress. It can also be caused by anger and tension. Particular personality types are more likely to suffer from bruxism than others. Stimulants such as caffeine can also lead to an increase in awake bruxism.
Sleep bruxism is closely related to other sleeping disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen when sleeping and stress such as constant worries. Certain medicines, particulate antidepressants, can cause sleep bruxism, and your sleeping position may also put you at an increased risk for sleep bruxism.
Is Bruxism Serious?
Mild bruxism does not cause significant health problems. However, long-term sleep bruxism can lead to serious damage to your teeth, nasty tooth pain, and unbearable headaches and jaw pain.
It is not uncommon for bruxism to completely destroy a person’s teeth, forcing them to receive high cost implants. You can avoid all complications from bruxism with our grinding teeth treatment which is non-invasive, fast, and does not cost an arm and a leg!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Is Bruxism Treated?
At the Advanced Dental Wellness Center, we can create a custom night guard for teeth grinding to cure bruxism. We will analyze your teeth for wear and tear, identify bruxism and then take a mold of your teeth. We will use the mold to create a custom mouth guard which perfectly fits your teeth.
Simply wear the mouth guard when you sleep and you will no longer have to deal with bruxism damaging your teeth or causing you nasty jaw pain. Our bruxism guards provide a simple and long-term solution to teeth grinding. This treatment is low cost, and in just two appointments you can have a mouth guard that will provide protection against bruxism for years!
If our dentists suspect the issue is caused by poor sleep we recommend you contact a sleep specialist and book a polysomnography (sleep study). Once you have received recommendations from your sleep specialists our dentists will be able to create the best treatment plan for you.
How to Prevent Bruxism?
To prevent bruxism, you can try out these methods:
- Reduce anxiety through meditation
- Avoid caffeine and coffee
- Sleep on your side
- Breathe through your nose
- Take a muscle relaxant
- Take anti-anxiety medication
As bruxism is mostly related to stress and poor sleeping habits, if you address both of these issues, you may be able to fix teeth grinding causes. However, the above methods are not as effective and have a higher cost compared to a dental solution.
How Much Do Bruxism Treatments Cost?
A bruxism mouth guard costs between $200 and $500. This mouthguard will last for years and provide you with total protection against bruxism. This reasonable price will prevent you from needing costly dental procedures such as implants and save you thousands.
If you are tired of dealing with jaw and tooth pain and don’t want to damage your teeth further, contact Advanced Dental office in Fort Lauderdale, and our highly qualified dentists will treat bruxism in no time!
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