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Do you wake up with tooth pain that appears to migrate to different points in your mouth, or with soreness in your jaws? What about headaches, do you frequently experience headaches upon waking up each morning? If so, then you could be suffering from bruxism, which also is known as teeth grinding or clenching. Over time, this behavior can do catastrophic damage to your oral health.
What causes bruxism?
In most cases, bruxism is caused by anxiety or stress. It results from clenching and grinding your teeth together, specifically while sleeping. The behavior also can manifest as a symptom of other oral health issues such as malocclusion (also known as bite misalignment), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or a sleep breathing disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea.
How common is bruxism?
Up to 15 percent of adults in America engage in bruxism, according to recent research by the American Dental Association. The intensity and frequency of teeth grinding can vary. Grinding your teeth can add up to 600 pounds of force per square inch on your teeth, particularly at the back of the mouth. Our teeth are designed to withstand a great deal of pressure, but not in this fashion.
An individual who has a severe case of bruxism can suffer severe consequences to his or her oral health. In 2009, The Chicago Tribune published an article that found that as many as 10 percent of patients suffering from bruxism had worn their teeth down to the nubs due to the behavior, requiring the replacement of multiple lost teeth in order to regain the ability to eat and chew normally.
Left untreated, bruxism can literally wear your teeth down to little nubs, lead to a misalignment of bite, jaw problems, TMJ, neck pain, and headaches of migraine-like intensity. As your teeth begin to wear down, the protective layer of enamel wears away and exposes the dentin layer. This layer results in tooth sensitivity and is more prone to developing tooth decay.
Treatment of bruxism
Avoid the long-term consequences of bruxism by having Choto Family Dentistry craft a mouth guard. Our mouth guards are much better quality than those one-size-fits-all kinds that you may find at the store. We use digital images of your mouth to fabricate a custom-made mouth guard. They are made of professional-grade materials that will last longer than one you can purchase elsewhere. This helps us produce a mouth guard that fits snugly in the mouth, guaranteeing maximum comfort and effectiveness.
Repairing teeth damaged by bruxism
If you have already suffered the effects of bruxism, your Knoxville cosmetic dentist has options for you. At Choto Family Dentistry, we offer an array of cosmetic dental procedures ranging from crowns, veneers, to dental implants that can repair the significant damage your teeth have sustained as a result of your nighttime bruxism. We will be happy to assess your oral care needs and discuss with you the best treatment for repairing your smile.
Mouth Guards for Bruxism Available in Knoxville
If you or a member of your family suffers from bruxism, this behavior will not just go away by itself. Contact our office at (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation for a custom-made mouth guard. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.