Do you grind or clench your teeth in stressful situations? You may have bruxism, a condition characterized by teeth clenching and grinding. Bruxism can occur unconsciously during stressful events or during sleep. Common causes of bruxism include anxiety, stress, or fatigue. Patients who have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite are also more prone to bruxism than others. In addition, cigarette smokers and tobacco users are at a higher risk of developing the condition.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple signs to look for when it comes to bruxism. You might be unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth if you have:
- Flattened teeth
- Jaw pain
- Fractured teeth
- Worn tooth enamel
- Broken teeth
- Tooth pain
- Sleep disruption
- Tooth sensitivity
If you recognize any of these symptoms, call Dentistry At Its Finest in Costa Mesa, CA at 714.540.5511. Dr. Michael Ayzin and his professional dental team treat patients in the Orange County area.
Dr. Ayzin will assess your teeth to determine the cause of your symptoms. If you are diagnosed with bruxism, Dr. Ayzin will likely create a custom oral appliance to stop your teeth from clenching and grinding. Oral appliances act like mouth guards, alleviating jaw pressure and protecting teeth from further wear and tear. When worn during sleep, oral appliances help muscles relax and may alleviate headaches and jaw pain.
For patients who have worn or fractured teeth as a result of bruxism, Dr. Ayzin offers tooth bonding and dental crowns. These treatments help restore the appearance of teeth while providing protection. Restorative treatments may be needed after oral appliance therapy for patients with missing teeth. An uneven bite caused by missing teeth can lead to teeth clenching and grinding, but in severe cases of bruxism, it can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Ayzin has dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures and partials for patients in his Orange County office.
Schedule an Appointment
Stop teeth clenching and grinding at the source. Call Dentistry At Its Finest at 714.540.5511 today. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Ayzin online here. Dr. Ayzin will work with you to create a treatment plan that is customized to your specific dental needs.