Bruxism Treatment

Your overall health is important to take care of and manage on a daily basis. For healthy individuals, brushing teeth and flossing daily are necessary activities to perform every day. When focusing on your health, do not overlook your teeth. Proper dental care can assure that you avoid issues with your teeth and do not experience pain or discomfort. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause issues with teeth if it is not treated at KK Dental.

Patients suffering from bruxism will often clench the teeth throughout the day and at night and may grind teeth together. The causes are numerous, but there are some symptoms to watch for if you suspect you may be dealing with bruxism.

Symptoms of Bruxism

Some of the symptoms can seem like they belong to other conditions, so your dentist will rule out any other diseases or dental conditions before diagnosing you with bruxism. If you notice any of these symptoms at home, bring them to the attention of your dentist for an evaluation.

  • Increased sensitivity in teeth
  • Degenerating tooth enamel
  • Tightness or soreness in the jaw
  • Waking loved ones with tooth grinding
  • Headaches that start at the temple
  • Neck or shoulder pain

Bruxism Causes

The causes of bruxism can vary as much as the symptoms. Sleep apnea and other problems sleeping can cause changes that result in grinding the teeth. Another reason for bruxism to develop is emotional turmoil. Emotions like stress, anger, frustration, and anger are some of the big causes of bruxism. Teeth that are out of alignment may also lead to the formation of bruxism in patients that do not get orthodontic treatment for their dental issues.

Other factors can contribute to developing the condition as well, such as your daily behaviors. Alcohol consumption, use of tobacco, and excessive caffeine can increase the chance of developing the condition. Certain medications, like antidepressants and psychiatric drugs, can result in bruxism as a side-effect.

You do not have to live with the pain and discomfort of bruxism with KK Dental treatment. Nightguards and other treatments may be suggested to help alleviate symptoms and get to the bottom of the cause.

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