What is Bruxism?
Do you wake up first thing in the morning with a sore mouth and jaw or a headache? Do you find it increasingly difficult to do simple things like biting, chewing, or simply opening your mouth? If you have said yes, you may be living with a condition known as bruxism, and Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help.
What Exactly is Bruxism?
When you have bruxism, you grind or clench your teeth. Grinding and clenching put excessive pressure on your teeth, your jawbone, and your temporomandibular joints. Bruxism is most common at night when you have no control over the muscle contraction in your body, including in your face and jaw. As a result, you may wake up in the morning with significant pain in your face and jaw. Over time, bruxism will damage your teeth. Simple tasks, such as biting, chewing, speaking, or even just opening your mouth, may be difficult, if not impossible. When you have bruxism, your entire quality of life may be affected.
Symptoms that Accompany Bruxism
Some symptoms that you experience may not even seem related, which can sometimes result in misdiagnosis. Common symptoms of bruxism include:
What Causes Bruxism?
Bruxism can be caused by any one of several different issues. These causes include:
How is Bruxism Treated?
There are a few different types of treatments available for bruxism. The exact treatment you receive will depend upon the cause of your bruxism and its severity:
Treating bruxism is essential for restoring your oral health and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (425) 485-4010.