BRUXISM
(TEETH GRINDING)

AUSTIN DENTIST | TEJAS PATEL, DDS

Bruxism is the excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth and jaw. People can clench and grind their teeth during the day or while they are sleeping, meaning that bruxism can be diagnosed as either awake bruxism or sleep bruxism. Teeth grinding may not require treatment if the condition is mild enough. However, more severe grinding can lead to other serious issues like damage to your teeth, jaw conditions, and headaches.

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SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM

  • Tight, tired, or locked jaw
  • Jaw, neck, ear, and facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disruption
  • Loud grinding or clenching
  • Flattened, chipped, fractured, or damaged teeth
  • Worn enamel
  • Damage to your cheeks from chewing
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity

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MORE ABOUT BRUXISM

Since people who grind their teeth in their sleep may not know that they are grinding or clenching their teeth, it is important to be aware of the symptoms.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Sleep Bruxism
  • Sleep grinding may be coupled with sleeping disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea.
Awake Bruxism
  • Awake grinding can be a coping mechanism used to handle stress, anger, tension and anxiety. It may also be a habit associated with concentration.

Other Forms:

  • Excessive teeth grinding and clenching may also be associated with medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Associated Risks

Bruxism can cause severe side effects to your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and to your teeth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist at Austin Cosmetic Dentistry. We will work closely with you to determine the severity of your bruxism and develop a comprehensive personalized treatment plan based on the causes, type of bruxism, and damage that has already occurred. We understand how painful the side effects from teeth grinding can be, and it is our goal to alleviate your pain while tending to the health of your teeth and joints.

 

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If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of teeth grinding, don’t wait to get relief. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.


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Austin, TX 78701
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