Are Bruxism, Grinding & TMJ Causing Trouble For You?

Are Bruxism, Grinding & TMJ Causing Trouble For You?

  • June 20, 2016

Hello and welcome to the Gentle Dental Care blog!

We are your source for comprehensive dentistry services in the central Connecticut region. That means we pretty much do it all, including some things that you might not normally associate with the dentist.

Along those lines, today we want to talk about the problems associated with bruxism. Bruxism is another name for grinding or clenching your teeth. This condition can wear down and damage teeth, break restorations, cause TMJ-related disorders, and bring about severe headaches and other types of pain in your neck, back, and face.

What Makes It Happen?

The primary culprit behind bruxism is stress. As such, we are probably all at-risk, right? That said, misaligned teeth or having an improper bite, can also add to the problem. Less common causes of bruxism can include certain neurological disorders, sports injuries or other trauma, and unintended side-effects from pharmaceuticals.

In today’s blog post we will tell you more about the problem and how we might be able to help you if you are in its throes. So, be sure to follow up with us if you can relate.

It’s A Pretty Big Deal

Teeth grinding has become a major issue (dental or otherwise) in this country and it is extremely common, much more common than most patients even realize. But that is no surprise to us, we see it all the time around here.

Sometimes it manifests in a little bit of wear and tear on the teeth, in which case we alert the patient ASAP that it seems like they are grinding their teeth and wearing down their enamel.

Usually they aren’t even aware this is happening because it all takes place at night while they are fast asleep. When this is the case, we normally recommend that they have a nightguard (aka bruxism appliance) made to stop the damage.

How does it work? Well, the nightguards we use for treatment of bruxism are clear acrylic appliances that fit comfortably over your teeth. It doesn’t so exactly stop the behavior. But the cool thing is that, when you grind, the acrylic material of the appliance wears down gradually over time rather than quickly wearing away your tooth enamel, which cannot really be replaced like a mouthguard can.

Don’t Put Off Treatment

We don’t want to scare anyone, but if this condition is not treated, it can evolve over time into a much more intense situation that may well necessitate a full mouth rehabilitation.

At that point, we’ll have to talk about crowns and bridges and all those kinds of things designed to fix your teeth as opposed to the more conservative strategies that could be executed earlier on, such as a nighttime appliance.

Dr. Peltzer is a big believer in these appliances and has even worn them himself. Just so you know: it does take a couple of days to get used to wearing them, but after that, it becomes second nature to have them in at night.

The best part is that once you get your appliance, your daytime headaches (both literal and metaphorical) will soon be a thing of the past, and you’ll be able to recapture a better quality of life in general.

Get In-Touch Today

Contact us now if you suspect you need treatment for bruxism, grinding, or TMJ/TMD. Call the Gentle Dental Care team at 860-479-2397, and we’ll take care of the rest!


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