What is bruxism and how can it affect dental health?

Cheek pain face pain TMJ Bruxism Bruxism is a condition that can cause patients to clench and grind their teeth unknowingly. Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess of Edison, NJ can evaluate you and determine if you have bruxism before providing effective treatment options.

Types of bruxism

To understand what causes this condition, one must first know that there are two types of bruxing: primary and secondary. Primary bruxism occurs when an individual grinds or clenches their teeth without any particular reason or trigger and without any pain being involved. Secondary bruxism, on the other hand, involves individuals who grind their teeth due to stress. Other triggers for secondary tooth grinding include psychological disorders such as personality problems, anxiety disorder and depression, among others.

Symptoms of bruxism

In addition to understanding the possible causes of tooth grinding, it is also essential to recognize the symptoms associated with this condition so that you can seek treatment if necessary. Symptoms commonly associated with bruxism include:

  • Grinding sounds- this is the most common symptom associated with tooth grinding and can be heard during sleep or while awake.
  • Headaches- these are often caused by stress and anxiety, which often lead to bruxism, especially among children and teenagers.
  • Jaw pain- if you experience frequent jaw pain or inflammation, it may be a sign of bruxism. Seek treatment for this condition as soon as possible.

There are a variety of treatments available for individuals suffering from tooth grinding. One such treatment is known as an occlusal splint which fits over your teeth like a mouth guard to prevent them from grinding against each other when sleeping or when under stress. This treatment has been proven to be effective in reducing bruxism symptoms and can be worn on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on your needs. Other options include orthodontic treatment, tooth replacement, and restoration of broken teeth.

Learn more about this condition to get a proper diagnosis and treatment

If you think that you may be suffering from bruxism, it is important to see the dental team at Gentle Dental Care in Edison, NJ, so that they can diagnose the condition and recommend the best treatment option for you. Call the office at 732-549-5660 to request an appointment at 2060 Oak Tree Road. Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess welcome you and your family into the office for quality dental care.

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