Causes of Bruxism | Teeth Grinding

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a serious dental health condition. Grinding your teeth can create tiny lesions on your tooth enamel. Even though enamel is harder than platinum, this outer surface will begin to erode with severe grinding pressure over extended periods. Sufferers of bruxism wear down their enamel by clenching their jaw during the day, and subconsciously grating their teeth together during sleep.

Tooth grinding

This patient bruxes or grinds her teeth heavily. Chronic night time grinding wears the enamel off the teeth. They can be worn down to the gum line before some patients decide to seek help. Often, that is too late to save the teeth.

How is teeth grinding harmful to my health?

Not only does a weaker tooth enamel make teeth more susceptible to sensitivity and tooth decay, but the constant pressure exerted during sleep can completely exhaust your jaw muscles. These major symptoms of bruxism are catalysts for oral and overall health problems. Constant jaw hinge joint straining causes TMJ disorder. Repeated teeth clenching tenses up your neck and shoulder muscles creating aches and pains. You may also suffer from chronic morning earaches or even migraines. Discovering the cause of your teeth grinding will help you discover which treatment is right for you.

What causes bruxism?

There are several reasons why patients are more likely to grind their teeth. The predisposition to grind your teeth has a genetic link. If one or both of your parents would grind. Beyond genetics, there is always something that sets it off.  The thing that often sets your off is stress in your life or some type of malocclusion. A misaligned bite can be a result of genes, speech patterns, facial structure, injury, tooth drifting, and improperly erupted permanent teeth to name a few. Malocclusion is a common condition, but different types of bad bite can cause various dental health problems. When your teeth do not align correctly, you may not realize that your jaw works to reposition your mouth so that it feels correct. This can create teeth grinding especially during sleep when the back molars touch.

There have been many studies that suggest a psychological cause to Bruxism. These studies have been conducted by Public health researchers instead of practitioners. Most practicing dentists discount these studies.

Can stress contribute to teeth grinding?

Another reason for bruxism is stress. Tension from chronic stress often contributes to TMJ disorder as well as teeth grinding. Anxiety often causes sufferers to clench their jaw muscles when they are not using their mouths. Try to relax your jaw muscle periodically throughout the day. A few days ago was National Stress Awareness Day. Take some time to evaluate your stress levels and take measures to calm your nerves.

Treatment for Bruxism in Chicago

Do not let teeth grinding continue to wear away your dental health. Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest offers treatments to correct the causes of bruxism so that you can have decreased tooth sensitivity, reduced jaw pain, better quality sleep, and less vulnerability to tooth decay. For more information call our Lake Forest dentist office at (847)234-0517.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States 


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