Understanding bruxism and how it impacts your smile
Approximately 25 million adults in America experience a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes patients to inadvertently clench and grind their teeth and jaw, often during the day or while they sleep. When this happens, it can cause extensive damage to the natural teeth and dental restoration, in addition to increasing pain of the jaw, shoulders, neck, and ear. Some patients who have bruxism may even notice mild headaches and significant pain in the jaw. By addressing this condition, many patients will find relief and be proactive about protecting their smile from unwanted damage.
The dentists at Gonzalez Dental Care in Pembroke Pines, FL can assist patients in finding the best solution for their condition once it is properly diagnosed.
What are the signs of bruxism?
Patients with bruxism may notice that they clench or grind their teeth. Others may only be aware of other signs and symptoms, including:
- Jaw joint pain
- Neck and face pain
- Locked jaw opened or closed
- Reduced sleep quality
- Tooth pain
- Damage to natural teeth
- Enamel erosion
- Chronic headaches or migraines
What increases a patient’s chance of developing bruxism?
There are several factors that can contribute to the development of bruxism, and they include:
- Medication side effects
How can a dentist help?
Patients with bruxism are encouraged to talk to their dentist about ways to protect their smile and relieve them of discomfort associated with this condition. Initially, the dentist will evaluate the jaw and mouth, and look for signs of bruxism, including wear or breakage on teeth or restoration. X-rays may also be used to evaluate the health of the smile. Most patients will find that their dentist can help alleviate common issues associated with bruxism with the use of a special oral appliance. This device, which fits in the mouth like a mouth guard, will reduce tension in the bite and protect the smile from clenching and grinding during the day or throughout the night, depending on the patient’s needs.
Your Pembroke Pines, FL area dentist can help
If you are searching online for a dentist near me in the Pembroke Pines, FL area, the team at Gonzalez Dental Care can help. Our dentists are available for new and established patients who are ready to maintain a healthy smile. Call (954) 406-5342 to schedule an initial evaluation with our team and learn more about what can be done for bruxism and other coexisting conditions. The office is located at 9818 Pines Boulevard.