What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition in which patients grind their teeth and clench their jaw excessively. This is a type of parafunctional activity and usually occurs when the patient is asleep. There are a number of causes of bruxism, many of which are easily treated.

At Johnson Dental in Wheat Ridge, we strive to provide our patients with the best oral care possible. While we can treat a number of oral health issues, it is wise to educate yourself with the knowledge and resources we provide in our blog. Before you call and make an appointment at our Wheat Ridge dental office, let us explain why bruxism is so harmful to your teeth and how we can treat the issue.

Causes of Bruxism

bruxism teeth grinding Wheat Ridge, COBruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety, but it is far more likely to be caused by an abnormal bite or missing teeth. If bruxism has been caused by a missing tooth, having it replaced with a dental implant may be able to correct the issue. If the root of the tooth is still intact, a dental crown or a dental bridge may be enough to treat your bruxism.

However, if stress or an anxiety disorder is the root of your bruxism problem, medication may be necessary. Sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, can also be a cause of bruxism and can easily be corrected with a CPAP device.

Bruxism Damage

Occasional teeth grinding and jaw clenching rarely has any major effects. However, excessively doing so can have major repercussions on your teeth and jaw. Bruxism can cause teeth to become loose and can even cause them to fall out if treatment isn’t sought soon enough.

If your teeth become loose and fall out, your jaw bone will suffer and become weakened. Without teeth, your jaw bone has nothing to stimulate bone growth. In order to have your jaw bone strength and density restored, you’ll need to have a dental implant installed. Luckily, you can avoid the issues caused by bruxism with proper treatments.

Treatments for Bruxism

Since there are a number of causes of bruxism, there are multiple treatment options to correct the issue. Here are just a few of the treatment options available to sufferers of bruxism:
Teeth Realignment: If misaligned teeth are the cause of your bruxism, orthodontic braces or Invisalign may be required to realign your teeth.
Dental Guards: A clear cut way to put a stop to bruxism is to wear a dental guard, also known as an occlusal splint, to prevent your teeth from grinding together.
Medication: As mentioned before, if stress or anxiety is the cause of your bruxism you may need prescription medication to put a halt to the problem.

Contact Johnson Dental

If you are suffering from bruxism, or any other dental issue that needs to be corrected, we at Johnson Dental are here to help. You can contact our Wheat Ridge office here or give us a call at 303.422.8748 to schedule an appointment today!