Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) is a serious condition because it can lead to tooth loss and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bruxism typically occurs at night, and you may not know you have it at first. However, this changes over time as the consequences take shape.
Your Charlotte, NC, dentist provides bruxism treatment to prevent tooth damage and potential TMJ disorders.
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism's causes are not always clear, but it may be related to stress and anxiety. There are also risk factors, including but not limited to:
- Age: Bruxism is common in children but can also affect adults.
- Emotions: Stress and anger may contribute to bruxism.
- Medications and Stimulants: Certain medications and stimulants like alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco can put you at greater risk for bruxism.
- Specific Conditions: Bruxism risks may also be linked to Parkinson's disease, sleep apnea, and nightmares.
Without treatment, you may notice some or all of the following over time:
- Tooth damage, increase in cavities, tooth fractures, and broken restorations
- Recurring headaches, jaw, facial, and neck pain
- Damage to the temporomandibular joints
- Exaggerated musculature around the lower jaws
The pain associated with untreated bruxism and TMJ can be debilitating and reduce life quality. Fortunately, your dentist may be able to help.
Bruxism Treatment in Charlotte, NC
If you think you have bruxism, it's essential to arrange a consultation with our dentist. We can provide treatment, including nightguard therapy.
Appliance therapy means wearing a small custom device (nightguard) over the teeth at night. This treatment aims to separate the upper and lower jaws gently. This prevents grinding and promotes healing.
Contact Your Charlotte Dentist
To arrange your evaluation or if you have questions about bruxism and TMJ, we encourage you to contact a member of our friendly dental team today.