Many people may grind their teeth from time to time with little to no damage. However, those who continually grind their teeth can cause serious damage to their teeth and create other oral health complications. Bruxism can also lead to other problems such as earaches, jaw pain, and headaches. Grinding or clenching of the teeth usually happens during the night, but can also happen during the day as well.
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism often happens in young children due to the growing teeth and jaw bone. Most cases of Bruxism in children go away as they grow older. For adult cases, more than 70 percent is caused by stress and anxiety. There are also other possible causes for Bruxism such as medications, jaw problems, or lifestyle choices.
Bruxism can be caused by a number of drugs, but is most commonly related to antidepressants, antipsychotics, and psychotropic drugs. It can also occur with people whose top and bottom teeth do not match up correctly. As you sleep, your jaw is unable to relax due to the offset of the teeth, which then leads to grinding of the teeth. In addition, studies have shown that high intake of alcohol and recreational drugs can cause Bruxism too.
How is Bruxism Treated?
To treat Bruxism, doctors aim to reduce any you pain you may be feeling, prevent any further damage to your teeth, and reduce clenching and grinding as much as possible. The most common solution to treating Bruxism is a mouthguard. There are a variety of mouthguards that help depending on the cause of Bruxism. After visiting a dentist, they can help determine which mouthguard will be the best fit for your mouth. The mouthguard helps your jawline relax and prevent your teeth from grinding.
If the mouthguard does not help, the dentist might suggest braces or surgery to help fix your teeth due to misalignment. There are also other options you can follow at home, such as icing your jaw, avoiding hard foods, and relaxing your jaw before you go to bed.
Doctors can also help with Bruxism if stress or anxiety is the cause of the problem. At Balle and Associates, our doctors can assist in stress reduction techniques and relaxation dentistry options for your next visit to the office. Exercise, stress counseling, or prescription medications may help reduce how often or severely you grind your teeth as well.
You may also want to try out Botox or other facial esthetics and rejuvenation services offered at Balle and Associates that can help relax facial muscles. For more information on your treatment options, call us today at (702) 825-2973.