Bruxism is the excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth and jaw. People can clench and grind their teeth during the day or while sleeping, meaning that bruxism can be diagnosed as either awake bruxism or sleep bruxism. Bruxism may not require treatment if the condition is mild enough. However, more severe bruxism can lead to other serious issues like damage to your teeth, jaw conditions, and headaches. Talk to your Frisco Dentist at Prime Time Dentistry if you notice frequent headaches or jaw pain.
Signs of Bruxism
Since some people with bruxism may not know that they are grinding or clenching their teeth, it is vital to be aware of the symptoms. Some common symptoms of bruxism are:
- Tight, tired, or locked jaw
- Jaw, neck, and facial pain
- Ear pain
- Sleep disruption
- Loud grinding or clenching
- Flattened, chipped, fractured, or damaged teeth
- Worn enamel
- Damage to your cheeks from chewing
- Tooth pain and sensitivity
Nocturnal bruxism: Nighttime bruxism may be coupled with sleeping disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea.
Awake bruxism: Awake bruxism can be a coping mechanism to handle stress, anger, tension, and anxiety. It may also be a habit associated with concentration.
Excessive teeth grinding and clenching may also be associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Treatment for Bruxism
Bruxism can cause severe side effects to your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and teeth, including issues like premature wear on your enamel, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist at Prime Time Dentistry. We will work closely with you to determine the severity of your bruxism and develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan based on the causes, type of bruxism, and damage that has already occurred.
Our team understands how painful the side effects of bruxism can be, and our goal is to alleviate your pain while tending to the overall health of your teeth and joints.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, don’t wait to get relief. Call our office today at 945-207-7463 to schedule your appointment.