Have you heard the term bruxism, but were too embarrassed to ask what it was? Maybe you’ve even been told that it’s bad for your teeth, but you still didn’t know what exactly “it” was. Well bruxism is the medical term for habitually grinding your teeth. You may have noticed other people grinding their teeth due to stress, or occasionally been guilty of doing so yourself. But many people suffer with bruxism without even realizing it. That’s because most teeth grinders do so at night, when they’re unaware of the issue, and may remain so until damage has already been done.
Possible Causes of Bruxism
The exact causes of bruxism can be difficult to determine, especially for patients who only grind their teeth at night. But, a few possible causes are:
- Crooked teeth or jaw misalignments
- Damage to the jaw’s joints or muscles, commonly referred to as TMJ
- Excessive stress
- Anxiety disorders
The Effects of Bruxism
Thankfully there are many warning sings that bruxism might be an issue. If you notice any of these symptoms you should consult us immediately, as there are several measures we can take to help prevent further damage to your teeth. Without assistance, however, it can be very difficult to end subconscious, nighttime teeth grinding.
- Chronic headaches, especially when you wake up in the morning
- Pain while chewing
- Unusually sensitive teeth
- Sore jaw muscles
- Changes in the teeth’s alignment
- Excessive wear along the edges of the teeth
About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.