Do you often experience a headache or an aching jaw when you wake up? It could be an indication of bruxism. Bruxism, also known as nighttime teeth clenching, is a condition during which a person involuntarily clenches their jaw. This condition occurs while a person is sleeping, though it can occur during the day as well, especially during times of stress.
Bruxism can result in several health complications for a person. However, at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, we can prevent it from becoming a serious problem.
Symptoms of Bruxism
If you suspect you have bruxism, it is important that you get it treated immediately. At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS and Dr. Pliszczak we strongly advise you to pay attention to the signs of bruxism since they can have a negative effect on your teeth as well. Some common symptoms of the condition include:
Causes of Bruxism
The episodes of bruxism occur more commonly at night. Although there is no exact cause that has been identified for bruxism, this condition is often associated with heightened stress, mechanical teeth issues like crooked or broken teeth, and sleep disorders.
Certain anti-depression or psychiatric medications can also trigger bruxism in people. In addition, people who have certain neurodegenerative disorders like Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease may also suffer from involuntary teeth grinding.
Treatment for Bruxism
A lot of people have bruxism that responds well with mild treatment. Sometimes, the condition resolves on its own if its trigger, like stress or anxiety, has been removed. If your work is very stressful, therapeutic treatment methods can work well for you. These include physical therapy for your jaw, exercises, and meditation.
If you suffer from moderate and severe bruxism, we can treat your teeth with the help of a custom-made night mouthguard that can prevent the side effects of bruxism, including worn enamel, cracked teeth, and an aching jaw.
If your bruxism is because of misaligned teeth, we can solve it by determining whether you require dental crowns, bridges, or some orthodontic treatment that can prevent bruxism.
Medication like muscle relaxants can also help reduce the tension in your jaw and prevent you from clenching your teeth. Some foods like coffee as well as the use of substances including tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, can also increase the symptoms of bruxism, so reducing their use can help you.
If you suspect you suffer from bruxism, timely diagnosis and treatment can help manage the damaging symptoms of this condition and provide you with better dental, physical, and mental health for the long term. At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS and Dr. Pliszczak we offer you a variety of treatments to treat this disorder. Call us at (315) 800-5020 to schedule a consultation with us.