What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by the clenching or grinding of teeth. Many people may not realize that they grind or clench their teeth because bruxism may occur unconsciously during sleep or in stressful situations. Furthermore, bruxism is incredibly common, with over 3 million new cases occuring each year in the United States.
Know the Symptoms
Patients affected by teeth clenching or grinding may show the symptoms of the condition in multiple ways:
- Worn tooth enamel
- Muscle soreness
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Damage to cheek tissue
- Pain or discomfort while eating
What Causes Bruxism?
How do people get into the bad habit of teeth clenching and grinding? Previous medical conditions may make patients more predisposed to teeth clenching and grinding, including:
- Improperly aligned teeth
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
At the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry, we diagnose and treat bruxism effectively so that patients can live their lives more comfortably. Our treatments are executed in a way that ensures our patient’s safety. We love to provide convenient, long-lasting solutions to conditions like bruxism.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Bruxism is a treatable and reversible condition. However, if left untreated by professional dental care, bruxism may lead to damaged teeth, disorders of the jaw, and increased dental problems overall.
Dr. Raj Upadya & Associates at the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry make it their mission to improve patient’s teeth and reverse the damage done by teeth clenching and grinding. Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. Raj Upadya will create a custom-fit mouth guard or night guard for a patient suffering from bruxism. The guard stops teeth clenching and grinding at the source. Patients may wear the guard at night or during the day, particularly during situations that they may find stressful. If a patient is also suffering from TMD or mislaigned teeth, Dr. Raj Upadya is able to fix damage made to teeth.
Schedule an Appointment
Are you tired of clenching or grinding your teeth in stressful situations? Reverse the damage done to teeth because of bruxism. Call the experts at the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry at (973) 241-5169 for a consultation or schedule an appointment with our professionals online here.