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Ever heard of bruxism? This is also referred to as teeth grinding or clenching, and it can pose a major threat to your oral health.
A recent study by the American Dental Association found that up to 15 percent of adults in this country suffer from some form of bruxism.
The most prevalent cause of bruxism is anxiety or stress. The behavior also can manifest in patients who have a misaligned bite or a sleep breathing disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
The consequences of bruxism
Most commonly done while people sleep, bruxism can vary in frequency and intensity.
This behavior can exert up to 600 pounds of additional force per square inch on your back teeth, or molars.
Over time, bruxism can cause malocclusion—also known as bad bite—or various dysfunctional issues in your jaw, including temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder. Some patients with bruxism complain of headaches of migraine-like intensity, which often do not respond to traditional means of migraine medication.
Patients who grind or clench their teeth for a prolonged amount of time, or who do so at a high intensity, can do catastrophic damage. In 2009, The Chicago Tribune posted an article, which stated that approximately 10 percent of bruxism patients grind their teeth down to the nubs, requiring total tooth replacement.
Relief is possible
Laser Dentistry of Erie can treat bruxism by prescribing a mouth guard to be worn while a patient sleeps.
Our mouth guards are a significant upgrade over the mouth guards and anti-snoring mouthpieces you might have seen available for purchase over the counter. We use custom-made guards, each of which is tailor-made for the individual patient to guarantee a secure, comfortable fit and maximum effectiveness.
If you wake up consistently suffering from jaw soreness, tooth pain or a dull headache, then bruxism could be the cause.
If you grind your teeth or a member of your family has noted the behavior, act now before permanent damage is done to your oral health. Contact the office of Laser Dentistry of Erie calling (814) 825-2615.
Laser Dentistry of Erie serves Erie, PA and the surrounding areas.