Bruxism: What It is and How your Affordable Dentist can Help

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Are you grinding your teeth at night? Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a common problem that can affect adults and children at any age. Symptoms usually occur at night while you sleep. Rhythmic contractions of your jaw muscles cause your teeth to be held tightly together. You may even experience symptoms when you’re awake. Unconscious clenching of the teeth and jaw may occur while you are driving, writing, reading, lifting heavy objects, or concentrating on your work. Common Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Rhythmic contraction of jaws at night
  • Grinding noise during sleep
  • Persistent facial pain
  • Ear pain
  • Tight or sore jaw muscles
  • Headache
  • Jaw swelling
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or dysfunction
  • Pain or stiffness in the shoulders or neck
  • Excessive wear of tooth enamel

Common Causes of Teeth Grinding

The following conditions and habits may cause you to grind your teeth:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Stressful work environment
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Unknown causes

See an Affordable Dentist for Advanced Treatment

The two main types of treatments employed by affordable dentists are occlusal appliances and mandibular advancement devices. Occlusal appliances are simple, fitted mouthpieces that you wear over your top or bottom teeth while you sleep. They include splints, bite guards, and bite plates. Mandibular advancement devices fit over your top and bottom teeth. They work by gradually repositioning the jaw forward and are recommended in cases where sleep apnea is the probable cause of teeth grinding. When symptoms are due to stress, behavioral management or psychotherapy may help. If you want to stop grinding your teeth and prevent damage to your tooth enamel and jaw, seek help from an affordable dentist. The dentists Philadelphia trusts for treatment of tooth grinding will develop a comprehensive plan to help you get relief.

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