Treatment for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly eight percent of adults grind their teeth when sleeping. Research shows that about a third of the country’s parents report their children grinding their teeth as they sleep. This practice of grinding teeth while sleeping can lead to a variety of problems if not diagnosed and treated with general dentistry.

The practice of grinding teeth while sleeping can lead to a variety of problems if not diagnosed and treated. Children will often outgrow bruxism. Some adults will grind their teeth occasionally and this too will generally not need to be treated since problems do not tend to surface with occasional bruxism. Chronic bruxism however, is different. Correct diagnosis and treatment are required in order to halt associated problems. Some of the options available are dental treatment, medications and therapy. Splints or mouth guards are among the dental treatments used. These appliances prevent the upper and lower teeth from making contact. They can be made from acrylic or a softer material providing a cushion between the teeth.

Symptoms and Causes of Teeth Grinding 

The problems that bruxism causes show up during waking hours. Sometimes there are no effects from the practice; occasional teeth grinding does not generally result in any major problems. However, in the case of those with chronic bruxism, when problems do arise they can be anywhere from mild to severe. Constant grinding can cause the tooth enamel to wear down. It can also cause teeth to break as undue pressure is exerted on the teeth. Bruxism also contributes to interrupted sleep and facial pain. Another symptom is headache pain.

The problems that bruxism causes show up during waking hours. Sometimes there are no effects from the practice; occasional teeth grinding does not generally result in any major problems. However, in the case of those with chronic bruxism, when problems do arise they can be anywhere from mild to severe. Constant grinding can cause the tooth enamel to wear down. It can also cause teeth to break as undue pressure is exerted on the teeth. Bruxism also contributes to interrupted sleep and facial pain. Another symptom is headache pain. There are a variety of reasons people may grind their teeth while sleeping. Some people under stress have a habit of clenching and grinding. Sometimes misalignment of the teeth can be a factor. Sleep apnea also plays a hand in bruxism. Getting an accurate diagnosis will provide the clues needed to develop the right treatment plan. Contact us today for an appointment if you are showing signs of bruxism.

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