What is Bruxism ?

Bruxism in San Diego


San Diego Bruxism

Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition that occurs when you are clenching or grinding your teeth. This happens commonly during sleep hence a lot of people do not know that they are experiencing it. It can also happen while people are awake; in this case clenching is triggered by stress or anxiety.

Bruxism is brought about by a number of reasons. For some it can be habitual, for others it is the outcome of misaligned upper and lower teeth. On few occasions, it is a symptom of nerve disease or the result of taking antidepressant drugs like fluoxetine, sertraline and paroxetine.

If not addressed immediately bruxism can affect the other parts of the body. The face, neck and shoulders can experience pain. Dental fillings and teeth enamel will deteriorate and become damaged, leading to teeth sensitivity. Other symptoms include severe headache when waking up and swelling of the lower jaw.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Mesa Family Dental. Dr. Davoudi will examine your jaw and recommend the ideal treatment for you. First, she will inquire about your dental heath background, your work life and if you are taking any medications.

If you are married or have a roommate, she would want to ask him or her if they hear you grinding your teeth while sleeping.

After which, Dr. Davoudi will use special tools to examine your jaw muscles and your teeth. She will inspect if your gums are more tender than normal and if your teeth are chipped, broken or misaligned. After checking the alignment of your bite, she will also see if bruxism has caused severe damage to your teeth and gums.

If you are a parent, you might also opt that your children be examined as well. Statistics show that around 30 percent of children experience bruxism. However, it is also known that they eventually grow out of the habit when they grow up.

Treatment of Bruxism

For stress-induced bruxism, Dr. Davoudi may refer you to your regular physician.

If bruxism is caused by teeth misalignment or bite problems, alignment or reshaping of teeth is advised. Most likely, Dr. Davoudi will install crowns or bridges to correct the biting surfaces. She may also suggest the use of a mouth guard or bite splint.

If bruxism happens after you have started taking some medications, then it is possible that it is a side effect of taking those medications. Ask your regular physician if it is possible to prescribe a different medication for you.

Signs or symptoms of bruxism

Visit your our office right away if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of bruxism, especially when someone has already witnessed you grinding your teeth. The sooner you set an appointment with Dr. Davoudi, the sooner it can be treated. It will save your teeth and jaw from further damage and deterioration.

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