One of the common dental issues in the world today is teeth grinding, and many patients aren’t even aware that they have it. Typically, the habit occurs while you are asleep at night, and you may only become aware of grinding your teeth if you are informed by a spouse or partner or you noticed your teeth wearing down. We offer an overview of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, to help you address the condition if you have it.
A highly common cause of teeth grinding is chronic stress, which can cause you to clench and grind your teeth together naturally. You can also start grinding your teeth as a result of sleep apnea, and it may be of benefit to you to visit a physician to diagnose this condition. Allergies, can also result in tooth grinding for children because they result in an irritation in the mouth and misalignment in the teeth.
If tooth grinding is allowed to persist, it can result in significant tooth damage in your smile. The constant grinding and pressure can cause you to have broken teeth as well as persistent jaw soreness and headaches and loose teeth.
Fortunately, we can offer a variety of treatments to help manage your condition, such as protecting your mouth with a night guard, using relaxation techniques of medication, adjusting lifestyle habits and treating a sleep disorder.
You are welcome to speak with Dr. Albert Yuen, our dentists, and team about teeth grinding in Irvine, California. Contact Irvine Spectrum Dental at 949-387-6418 today to schedule your consultation!