Bruxism refers to excessive jaw clenching or teeth grinding, an issue that affects roughly 30 to 40 million Americans. Unfortunately, the actual number of affected people is likely to be much higher. Many Americans are unaware of their bruxism because it usually occurs nocturnally or unconsciously during the day.
At Watermark Dentistry, we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bruxism. If you or a family member suffers from bruxism, our state-of-the-art techniques can help alleviate any painful and potentially harmful symptoms. Education is also a large part of preventing and treating bruxism. During your initial consultation, please be sure to ask any questions and voice concerns, so we can provide you with the appropriate information.
Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism
Because bruxism often takes place during sleep, many people do not realize they have any signs or symptoms. A sleep partner is often the first person to report initial symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms of bruxism include:
Risk Factors for Bruxism
If you or a loved one exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. While the exact causes of bruxism are hard to pinpoint, we do know it usually has something to do with physical, genetic, or psychological factors. Risk assessment for bruxism allows us to catch or prevent the problem early on while providing safe and effective treatment.
Risk factors include:
Treatments for Bruxism
The type of treatment we recommend depends on whether you have nocturnal bruxism or daytime bruxism. If you or your child suffers from nocturnal bruxism, we may suggest a splint or mouthguard. This plastic appliance serves as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth during sleep, preventing premature enamel wear.
We may recommend professional habit counseling, psychotherapy, or biofeedback exercises to treat stress-related bruxism. In severe cases, we may even suggest an anti-anxiety medication, such as Valium, although this is generally considered a temporary measure. Talk with Dr. June Daniel Hong to learn more about all of our top-notch treatment options!
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If you think you may have bruxism, we can help! Call (206) 242-5808 to schedule your consultation appointment today!