Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is a common condition that can result from habit, anxiety or certain digestive disorders. Although some may do it during the daytime, others do it at night and are entirely unaware of the condition until a sleeping partner or dentist brings it to their attention. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can have significant consequences for your dental health.
Chronic bruxism may have few symptoms initially. After months or years, however, teeth can become severely damaged. They may wear down or break. In some cases, they can even become loose. You may experience unexplained headaches, cheek irritation and facial or jaw muscle pain. Chronic tooth grinding can also affect your partner’s quality of sleep, which can lead to health problems for them as well.
We can often diagnose bruxism from examining the condition of your teeth. They may be excessively worn along the biting surfaces. You may experience repeated premature breakdown of dental fillings, crowns or bridges. Your teeth may be extremely sensitive or prone to fractures.
If we notice evidence of tooth grinding, we may recommend several treatment strategies that can protect your teeth. Medications may need to be prescribed to reduce anxiety or stress, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help you manage the condition. Orthodontics may be recommended if you have any bite abnormalities that could be contributing to the condition, and custom mouth guards can protect your teeth at night.
Contact our Beverly Hills dentist to learn more or to schedule your consultation.