Do you wake up with a soar jaw? Do your family members hear you grinding your teeth?
Dr Ramya Joshua, Naperville dentist, has the answers!
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is clenching or grinding of the teeth. Bruxism can occur during sleep or during a patient’s waking hours.
Wondering if you have bruxism?
If you were grinding your teeth or clenching your teeth, upon examination, Dr Joshua would see wear on the surfaces of your teeth or wear on your restorations. Your teeth may appear very short or the edges of your teeth and restorations may be chipped. Sometimes, a patient may also have dental bone loss, periodontal disease or torii (enlarged jaw bones) as a result of bruxing. Patients who brux may wake up with a sore jaw or with a headache due to the strain and stress put on the teeth, bone and musles by repetitive grinding or clenching the teeth.
How is bruxism treated?
Dr Joshua would conduct a thorough dental examination and take dental x-rays to see under the gum tissue. Once she has a clear picture of your dental health, she would be able to suggest treatment. Bruxism treatments might include:
- Nightguard or splint
- Physical therapy