If you know you have bruxism and you have decided not to treat it, you are opening yourself up for issues with your mouth. Not sure what those are? Let us take a minute to tell you about the problems bruxism can create.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism happens when people clench or grind their teeth at night. During sleep, you may clench your jaw very tightly. You might also grind your teeth against each other while you are sleeping. Bruxism is often caused by anxiety, and people who are anxious tend to suffer from bruxism at a higher rate than the general population.
The trouble with clenching or grinding your teeth at night is that it causes damage to your teeth, gums and dental work. Bruxism causes your teeth to wear down, which can expose nerves and cause pain. You can crack, chip or break your teeth because of bruxism. Bruxism can also cause dentures, bridgework and implants to be damaged as well, which means the will have to be replaced. Over time, you can also develop problems with your jaw joint because of all of the clenching and grinding.
Treatment for Bruxism
We can help you treat your bruxism. You may want to talk to your doctor about medication if you are feeling overly anxious. Anti-anxiety medication helps to relax you at night, which helps the bruxism. We can also give you a nightguard to wear while you sleep. The nightguard is personalized for your mouth. When you wear it at night, you can distribute the energy from clenching and grinding your teeth to your whole mouth. Also, a hard splint keeps your teeth apart at night, which means you can't clench or grind your teeth at night.
If you think you might have bruxism, why not give us a call today? We'd love to help you with your bruxism issue.