Published on October 28, 2014, Updated on December 20, 2018
What is Bruxism?
When it comes to dental issues, there are a number of things that a patient can suffer from. One of the most common issues that dentists deal with is Bruxism or teeth grinding. This issue is common enough and with some simple information, anyone can understand it. Bruxism is the process by which a person grinds their teeth, generally in their sleep, to the ill effects of their teeth. This issue is fairly common and can often be attributed to ill fitting teeth and stress.
Generally teeth become Cracked, Badly damaged or have Damaged crowns.
Dr. Jyoti V. Desar treats different types if dental issues that patients are suffering from root canals to teeth grinding. Our ppo dentist Riverside will know which treatment is best for you.
How is Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding Treated?
In many cases the best and least expensive way to treat Bruxism is to fit a guard to the teeth. This guard helps to keep teeth from coming in contact with one another and ultimately helps to protect the teeth.
In most cases of Bruxism where teeth grinding has been consistent for a few years, it may be necessary to first repair the teeth.
This may include filling, capping, filling, and even removal of said teeth to help insure that the mouth and remaining teeth are in as good of shape as possible.
After the teeth are repaired, it is necessary to fit a guard that is specific to the mouth of the wearer.
Though you can buy guards in stores, it is best to buy a guard that is specific to the mouth of the user. By buying a fitted guard you can insure that the guard does not slip, that it does not move at night, and that the teeth are adequately protected.
Another common treatment is to have teeth filed to better fit to reduce the feeling that teeth do not fit properly. Lastly, you can also undergo stress therapy to figure out what it is that makes you want to grind your teeth.
Bruxism – Frequently Asked Questions
First and foremost, it can damage your teeth irreversibly. In some cases, you may have to have teeth removed because they have become so badly damaged. In other cases, it can damage the jaw bone, can misalignment to your bite, and can even cause permanent issues with your teeth and jaws.
In many cases, teeth grinding starts in adulthood and can continue for the life time. In many cases, those that suffer from tooth grinding can reduce stress in their lives and therefore reduce grinding.
In some cases however where grinding is not related to stress, you may continue to grind your teeth your whole life. To be honest, it really depends on the person and the individual situation.