Bruxism refers to the condition wherein you clench and grind your teeth while you sleep. Bruxism can cause a lot of problems with your teeth, such as cracking them, wearing them down, and creating tension in your temporomandibular joint. Bruxism can be caused by anxiety, stress, teeth that are missing, crooked teeth, sleep disorders or an abnormal bite.
It is often hard to diagnose bruxism, because people are asleep when the primary symptoms occur. However, there are some waking symptoms to watch out for. These symptoms include:
-damaged dental restorations
-damage to the inside of your cheeks
-teeth beginning to look flat and dull
-damaged or fractured teeth
-loose permanent teeth
If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk with our team at Bayside Family Dentistry.
One condition closely related to bruxism is temporomandibular joint disorder, frequently referred to as TMJ. TMJ may be indicated by you waking up with a sore jaw, experiencing increased tooth sensitivity or by having trouble opening or closing your mouth when you wake up.
If you suspect that you have bruxism or TMJ, speak with Dr. Aram Cazazian as soon as possible for a personalized treatment plan. Be sure to set an appointment as soon as possible by calling Bayside Family Dentistry in Bayside, New York at (718) 423-7009. We look forward to seeing you!