Bruxism is another word for grinding your teeth. Similar to chewing fingernails, some people grind their teeth as a habit. Some people also tend to clench or grind their teeth during their sleep when they are overly stressed. This habit tends to wear down the teeth surfaces and damage joints in the jaw. If you are worried about your oral health, visit our dentist in Brevard, NC.
The Correlation Between Bruxism and Joint Disorders
Constantly grinding the teeth can cause trauma to the temporomandibular joint. The joint and the cartilage disc within it are being used constantly, and over time, they can wear down causing pain or making you unable to fully open or close your jaw with ease. Although stress can play a role in TMJ disorders, it has also been shown that poor posture, poor diet, inconsistent sleeping habits, and misaligned teeth may also be factors.
Not only is a condition painful within the jaw joint, but it can also cause cracking and chipping of your teeth. If you are experiencing any issues with your jaw, you should visit Water Oak Dental Group as soon as possible. If your condition is still relatively minor, then treatment might consist of making lifestyle changes. Practicing relaxation techniques and massaging your jaw may aid in pain relief.
If those activities are not sufficient, you may be advised to wear a mouthguard. Many people grind their teeth at night, so wearing this equipment while you sleep will help protect your teeth. It will also reduce the impact exerted on your joints, which in return will reduce the severity of the symptoms. Ultimately, bite alignment therapy is available in the event that bruxism results in malocclusions.
If you are experiencing any pain in your jaw on a constant basis, contact the office of Dr. Krishingner at your earliest convenience. Our staff will work with you to find a treatment that works best for you.