Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? Do you often wake up in the morning with jaw pain?
Bruxism is the habit of grinding together the upper and lower jaws. Teeth grinding can damage the alignment and function of the delicate jaw joint known as the temporomandibular joint. The habitual motion of grinding the upper and lower jaw together puts added stress on the joint and can cause irreversible damage.
Many patients who grind their teeth experience chronic pain symptoms.
Teeth grinding can affect patients of all ages. Bruxism is common in young patients. It may also develop in the teens and early twenties. Some children will grow out of the habit, while others will carry it into adulthood. Many believe teeth grinding is triggered by high stress, but only a medical professional can diagnose your specific cause properly.
Fortunately, you have our dentist in Claremont, CA, to make personalized recommendations on how to make lifestyle changes to reduce stress.
Signs you may be grinding your teeth include:
- Headaches in the morning
- Frequent jaw pain
- The tension in your shoulder, neck, and upper back
- Popping or clicking in your jaw
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Ringing in your ears or earaches
The Biological Approach To Treating Bruxism
At Claremont Dental Institute, our doctors take a holistic, biological approach to treating TMJ and bruxism. Biological dentistry looks at the whole chewing system, analyzing the alignment of teeth and your bite. We also consider the health of your gums and the function of your jaw.
Most patients grind their teeth while they sleep, making bruxism difficult to diagnose. Many patients go years without treatment and develop everyday discomfort in the face, neck, and shoulders. Some find relief from over-the-counter pain medication, but this is only temporary and provides little relief, and symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed.
Based on the patient’s personal health, lifestyle, and personal beliefs, your dentist will build a tailored treatment plan to address the underlying cause of your jaw malfunction. Many patients with bruxism will benefit from an oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is less invasive than surgery and is highly effective for preventing bruxism.
The appliance is custom fabricated to fit comfortably in your mouth. An oral appliance from our dentist office is more secure and effective than over-the-counter bite and fit options.
The appliance gently shifts the jaw into proper alignment and holds the upper and lower jaw in place. The device prevents the jaws from grinding or clenching together while you sleep. This allows surrounding muscles and tendons to rest and begin to heal. Claremont Dental Institute will ease the painful symptoms often associated with prolonged bruxism.
What happens if you keep grinding your teeth?
If you continue to grind your teeth, your teeth will become worn down and damaged over time. Teeth grinding can cause tooth fractures, tooth decay, wear on the surface of teeth, cracking, and potentially tooth loss.
What vitamin deficiency causes teeth grinding?
Lacking vitamin C and D can cause patients to grind their teeth. Low calcium levels can also cause teeth grinding. Patients can take vitamin supplements to attempt to stop the habit, but it will not fix the damage already caused.
Does coffee cause teeth grinding?
Coffee can make teeth grinding worse. Caffeine causes patients’ heart rate to increase, which may cause teeth grinding at night. Patients who grind their teeth should try to avoid coffee and definitely stay away from caffeine after 3 pm.
Request A Dental Exam & Consultation Today
If you or someone you know grinds or clenches their jaw, contact Claremont Dental Institute to find relief. We welcome new patients from the greater Claremont area, including San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, La Verne, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland California. Contact our dental office at your convenience by calling (909) 277-6919.