Friday, June 5, 2015

Teeth Clenching and Grinding

Bruxism is a condition where the individual clenches or grinds teeth causing significant damage to the teeth, facial muscles and the TMJ (tempero  mandibular  joint).

Sleep bruxism or night grinding is a sleep disorder that is often associated with other sleep conditions like snoring and/ or pauses in breathing (sleep apnea)

Symptoms include-
Teeth grinding and clenching sounds that can awaken the sleep partner
Worn, flattened, chipped or loose teeth
Worn enamel causing increased sensitivity from exposed dentin
Jaw or facial pain and soreness
Dull headaches originating in the temple region
Tired of tight jaw muscles
Teeth Indentations on the tongue

Causes include-
Emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger
Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth
Uncommon side effects to psychiatric medications
Stomach acid reflex into esophagus
Coping or focusing habit

Prevention and early intervention is key to alleviating debilitating pain and irreversible damage of tooth structure requiring extensive restorative procedures

Call 909 627 6699 to schedule  a one on one consultation with Dr. Cherukuri

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