Posted on 9/30/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Bruxism is the unconscious clenching or grinding of teeth at night. Some people also clench their teeth during the day, mostly when they are stressed out about work or another issue in their lives.
Those who suffer from bruxism complain about headaches, earaches, soreness in their jaw and other symptoms. Depression has been linked to bruxism due to the constant pain, so we believe it's important to get diagnosed and treated.
Do I Need Treatment for Bruxism?
If you suffer from unexplained headaches, migraines or earaches, or you regularly have a feeling that your jaw is sore and tires, you may be suffering from bruxism. It is difficult to know since most of the times this is something we do at night without being aware of it. But there are some signs you have the condition.
Studies suggest children are most often the victims of bruxism and the condition goes away or diminishes as they age. However, the biggest problem with not treating bruxism is that your quality of life is affected because of the pain you suffer.
Constant pain can also cause depression and affect the person's quality of life. While an examination will show signs of bruxism, it is important you let us know if you have any of the following symptoms:
Flattened or cracked teeth
Pain or sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Jaw pain or soreness
Pain when chewing
Because other dental conditions can cause bruxism, it is important to get diagnosed. Sometimes, something like a mouthguard can help relax your jaw while you sleep and that does the trick. Other times the solution may be reducing stress or anxiety.
Whichever the case is, we want to know if you have any symptoms of bruxism, so we can treat you and make you feel like your old self again.