Is Bruxism Really That Bad if You Only Do It When Sleeping?
Posted on 8/9/2021 by Office
Did you know that you may grind or clench your teeth while you sleep? This condition is called bruxism. Kids and adults may have bruxism. Bruxism may occur when you are awake or asleep and may be voluntary or involuntary. If you only clench or grind your teeth when you are asleep, is it really that bad of a condition?
Some Ramifications of Bruxism
Yes, bruxism is bad whether you do it while you are awake or asleep or both. Most cases of bruxism are mild and do not require treatment. However, in some patients, bruxism can be frequent and severe. The teeth may appear flattened, fractured, or chipped. We see patients completely wear the enamel off their teeth. Bruxism can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, and damaged teeth.
If bruxism is not diagnosed and treated, there may be complications. The patient may experience extensive damage to the teeth. Constant grinding and clenching can destroy the tooth structure. In addition, prior dental work can be easily damaged by the force of the teeth against each other. Dental restorations, fillings, and crowns can suffer damage from bruxism.
If bruxism is untreated, a patient might incur tension-type headaches as well as other pain. Often these occur in the morning after clenching and grinding through the night. However, these headaches can happen at any time of the day. Patients with bruxism often report facial or jaw pain as well.
Let us Check Your Mouth For Bruxism
Make sure to schedule your next cleaning and exam. We can look for signs of bruxism in your mouth. It is important to identify bruxism early and take steps to change this condition. Whether you grind or clench your teeth during the day, or night, or both, it is important to take steps to improve the situation.
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