What is bruxism, and can your Marco Island dentist help you with it? Bruxism, or better known as teeth grinding, happens during your sleep, which explains why it’s called nocturnal or sleep bruxism.
Sometimes people unconsciously grind their teeth even when they are awake. Doctors call it awake bruxism. The problem with bruxism is that if you don’t learn how to stop it, it will eventually damage your teeth. Seeing a reliable dentist will help put an end to bruxism.
People with bruxism tend to grind their teeth at night. Since it’s done subconsciously, it can be hard, if not impossible, to stop. When you regularly visit your dentist, they will be able to check your mouth for signs of bruxism.
If they suspect that you have a tendency to grind your teeth, regardless if you do it while you’re asleep or awake, they will trace the cause and provide you with an effective treatment plan.
Your dentist will check your jaw muscles for tenderness and evaluate your teeth for signs of abnormalities like missing or broken teeth. For severe cases, there’s a possibility that your underlying jawbone may be affected as well.
Dentists usually suggest the use of mouth guards and splints to separate your upper and lower teeth when you grind or clench them.
If enamel wear is so severe that it has resulted in impaired chewing ability and tooth sensitivity, reshaping your teeth or placing crowns may be needed to restore oral functionality.
If you have more questions about bruxism and its treatment options, we’d be more than happy to discuss them with you. At Island Paradise Dental, we are committed to giving you nothing but the best dental care. Call us today to learn more about our services.