Written by: on October 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

man with bruxismYou may know bruxism better by the non-clinical name teeth grinding, and it involves grinding or clenching your teeth throughout the day or at night in your sleep. Grinding your teeth may not seem like a big deal, but extreme cases can lead to other health problems. Therefore, it is important to know the causes and symptoms of bruxism in order to protect yourself from it.

Causes of Bruxism

There are myriad different reasons why people grind their teeth, some physical and some psychological. Physical causes include an abnormal alignment of your teeth, acid reflux, or a complication from a disease like Parkinson’s. Psychological causes may include emotions such as stress, anger, or frustration, an aggressive personality, or teeth grinding can often be simply a coping strategy. If you are prone to stress, or are experiencing a large amount of frustration, you may be unconsciously grinding your teeth in response.

Symptoms of Bruxism

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, or have done so in the past, there are some symptoms to watch out for. Of course, grinding and clenching your teeth are a symptom of this disorder, but you may also experience heightened tooth sensitivity, tired or tight jaw muscles, headaches, and damaged and worn teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist and set up an appointment to determine the cause and a viable treatment.

Treatment for Bruxism

Your dentist will be able to provide a treatment for your teeth grinding if you are in danger of causing serious harm to your teeth. If the problem is caused by your teeth being improperly aligned, we may need to reshape the contour of your teeth with crowns or braces, if necessary. Other treatments include mouth guards that keep the teeth separated, therapy to help you reduce stress, or muscle relaxants to relive persistent tension in your jaw muscles.

About Your Farmington Hills Dentist:

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. Dr. Aziza Askari and our team welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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