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Do you wake up with tooth pain that migrates to different spots in your mouth, seemingly at random? Do you notice having sore jaws or headaches after waking up? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you could be grinding or clenching your teeth. This behavior, which also is known as bruxism, can cause serious damage to your teeth and mouth if it is not treated.
What causes bruxism?
Generally, anxiety and stress are the most common causes of teeth grinding.
You may also start exhibiting the behavior as a consequence of any of the following oral health issues:
- Malocclusion, also known as a misaligned bite
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- A sleep breathing disorder
Recent research by the American Dental Association found that up to 15 percent of American adults suffer from bruxism. The behavior can vary widely in both intensity and frequency.
The consequences of bruxism
Grinding your teeth adds additional, unnecessary force to your teeth and jaw joints that will have a negative impact on your oral health. A patient with a severe case of bruxism exerts up to 600 pounds of additional force per square inch on his or her teeth.
This force can wear down your teeth. In 2009, the Chicago Tribune published an article that reported that as many as 10 percent of all individuals with bruxism grind their teeth down to the nubs, requiring total reconstruction.
Bruxism also can cause a bite misalignment, jaw dysfunction, and even lead to extremely painful headaches that occur on a regular basis.
How do we treat bruxism?
The Esler Dental Group can prescribe a professional-grade mouthpiece, which is worn while you sleep to stop any teeth grinding immediately.
You undoubtedly have seen a wide assortment of bite guards, night guards, and anti-snoring mouthpieces available for purchase over the counter. Our mouth guards are made of materials of greater quality, which means they will last longer. We also custom-design each mouth guard, using an impression of the teeth and mouth as a model. This guarantees a snug, comfortable fit, and maximum effectiveness.
If you grind your teeth, stop the behavior now before major damage is done to your teeth and mouth. Contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021 to schedule a consultation.
The Esler Dental Group is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.