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Posted on 08-27-2018
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a disorder in which you grind or clench your jaws together. It can have drastic effects on your teeth, jaws, and muscles, as well as on your sleep and overall quality of life. If you grind your teeth, this is not something you can ignore -- or do you have to just live with it. A dentist in Riverview, FL, can help you with this problem.
Bruxism itself is actually a symptom of one of a few conditions. It can be a manifestation of extreme stress, for example. If the grinding occurs only when you sleep, and there are no immediate psychological issues like stress, you could have a sleep-movement disorder that needs attention. It can also be a symptom of temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
Left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to additional problems that severely impact the quality of your life. Your sleep may be interrupted or not as restful, which can itself lead to higher blood pressure and irritability. Your bed partner may be kept awake by the sound of the grinding, which can lead to relationship problems. More directly, teeth grinding can wear down your teeth and contribute to bone loss in your jaw.
Treatments can include wearing a customized night guard when you sleep, therapy for stress-related conditions, and restorative dental work if the grinding has already caused damage to your teeth and jaw. You may need fillings or crowns; the exact treatments depend on the extent of the damage.
Inspiration Dental in Riverview, FL, offers teeth grinding dentistry that helps restore your teeth and jaws. We can help determine the cause of the bruxism and create a treatment plan that is best for you. Contact us at 813-677-1200 for an appointment.
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