Teeth clenching and grinding can impact your dental health
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
When you hear stories of someone keeping their bed partner awake, you often think of chronic snoring. However, there are other conditions that can be bothersome at night—those who clench and grind their teeth while they sleep. While this is a subconscious happening, it can become chronic and problematic for men, women, and children in Beverly Hills, CA. This condition, known as bruxism, can cause patients to experience negative impacts to their smile.
What makes bruxism so damaging?
Bruxism is a condition that happens without some patient’s knowledge. IN fact, this clenching and grinding cannot be controlled by the rational brain or your subconscious. Clenching and grinding of the teeth happen at greater exertion than the forces used for routine chewing. When chewing food, your intensity is buffered by the rational mind and the food being consumed, while bruxism that occurs while you sleep causes the teeth to be impacted by the entire force of the jaws. This can cause patients to experience:
- Muscle tension of the jaw joints
- Chronic headaches
- Wear of natural tooth enamel
- Breakage of the teeth or dental restorations
- Misalignment of the teeth
Treatment for bruxism
Because bruxism cannot be controlled by the patient, it is important that those who are diagnosed with this condition find a way to protect their smile. At the practice of Dr. David S. Frey, patients can be evaluated and diagnosed with bruxism, and then work with their dentist to find a solution. In most cases, dental professionals may recommend certain lifestyle changes, including a reduction in stress, as this can often cause bruxism to become worse. Additionally, the use of a specialized mouthpiece worn at night can cushion the force of tension caused by bruxism and protect the teeth and dental restorations from breakage.
Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. David S. Frey
If you reside in the area of Beverly Hills, CA and are seeking assistance from a dental provider for broken or worn teeth, it may be time to get a proper diagnosis of conditions such as bruxism. Call Dr. David S. Frey and his team at (310) 276-4537 to schedule an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 462 North Linden Drive, Ste. 414.
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