How Do I Stop Bruxism?

Dentist DuarteOne of the most common problems we see and provide treatment for our Duarte and Monrovia-area patients at Dr. Q Dental is bruxism or tooth grinding. Bruxism can lead to problems in a patient’s bite, affecting the health and appearance of the teeth, and producing long-term problems such as malocclusions and subsequent wearing down of dental enamel.

Bruxism is extremely common, and we see this condition quite frequently among our patients from the Duarte or Monrovia areas in California.  There are several treatments that dentists may recommend to their patients to help manage the condition, diminish the consequences of it, and in some cases, eliminate the habit altogether.

What Causes Bruxism?

Although the possible causes of bruxism are not fully known, many dentists speculate that this habit in children and adults alike may be caused by anxiety, stress, and/or physical or structural conditions that affect the function of the muscle and bone in the jaw.

In some patients, the bite is not properly aligned, and this may lead to bruxism, while in others, the grinding itself may lead to malocclusions and misalignment of the bite.  In such cases, orthodontic treatment may be indicated to correct the condition.

Using a Night Guard to Protect Your Teeth From Grinding

When advanced orthodontic treatment is not indicated, many dentists opt to fit their patients with a durable plastic night guard to protect the teeth from grinding during sleep.

Dr. Q provides night guards for her patients in Duarte and Monrovia by taking a mold of the patient’s teeth and constructing the device from a durable, clear plastic.  The patient then wears this device while they sleep to protect the teeth from shifting as a consequence of grinding, as well as conserving precious tooth enamel that may be worn down after years of repeated tooth grinding.

Treating The Various Aspects of Tooth Grinding

For many patients, bruxism develops as an involuntary reaction to some form of nervous or emotional stimulation, and some patients may find some degree of relief by undergoing psychological therapy to address the possible emotional or psychological source of the condition.

For others, the condition may be caused by muscle or bone tissue in the jaw that has not developed properly. In extreme cases of improper development at the structural level, surgical intervention may be indicated to correct the underlying cause, while in other, less severe cases, patients may find some relief from massage therapy, or orthodontic alignment of the teeth and jaw.

Regardless of whatever may be causing your condition, you can trust Dr. Q Dental, serving the Duarte and Monrovia communities in California, to provide adequate treatment to prevent the condition from further damaging your teeth and jaw.

To learn more about how we treat Bruxism for our patients in Duarte and Monrovia, contact Dr. Q Dental at (626) 599-9819 to schedule an appointment.