Even if you’ve never heard the term “bruxism” before, you’ve definitely heard of grinding your teeth. It’s something you may do periodically as a reaction. When you’re stressed or frustrated, you may grind your teeth for a moment. While this behavior isn’t particularly destructive in a given instance, over time, it can create significant wear on your teeth. Bruxism is a consistent grinding of your teeth that occurs in your sleep most often. That means you may not even be aware that you’re exhibiting the behavior. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, over time you can wear down your teeth, throw your bite out of alignment, and increase your risk of tooth loss. Luckily, determining whether or not you have Bruxism and treating the condition is just a matter of visiting your dentist.
Bruxism and TMJ Can Be Detected by Your Dentist
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder can be caused by misaligned teeth, an imbalanced jawbone, or by bruxism. In any case, the condition is marked by chronic headaches and pain in the jaw. The same goes for bruxism. If you notice these symptoms, it may be a sign of disease. Your dentist can examine the surfaces of your teeth to look for signs of irregular wear. If he or she determines that there is a problem, they can provide a solution.
A Special Mouthguard Can Prevent the Grinding Effects of Bruxism
The most common and simplest solution for bruxism and TMJ disorder is a custom-designed sleep guard. Worn at night, a sleep guard can prevent your teeth from grinding against one another. To prevent TMJ, a special oral appliance can be used to keep your jaw bone in a more comfortable position. While bruxism isn’t a problem you can actively solve by brushing or flossing, your dentist can still help. If you’re worried that you may have this condition, it’s always best to consult a professional.
Talk to the Austin Dentist About Battling Back Against Bruxism
The Austin Dentist is your partner in the fight against bruxism and TMJ. Since this is a condition that affects you while you sleep, you need help in determining whether or not you have it, and how to treat it. Dr. Schmidt and The Austin Dentist staff are ready with treatment options to give you the bright oral healthcare future you deserve. To schedule an appointment contact The Austin Dentist in Austin, TX at 512-328-1500.