At any given time, between eight and thirty-one percent of the population suffers from bruxism. More common than you think, this condition involves the habitual grinding of teeth. Dental damage is the most common side effect. Severe bruxism may even cause broken teeth or crowns.
If you experience regular teeth grinding, our dentists in St. Catharines can help you diagnose the issue. Talk to us if you notice:
Tight or sore shoulders
Sore jaw muscles
Facial muscle pain
Patients who visit us about bruxism in St. Catharines already know they’re in pain. However, they may not know exactly why, or what they can do about the problem. Learn About Bruxism from Your St. Catharines Dentists
At Dentistry on Vine, we teach our patients that bruxism occurs in two forms:
1. The most common/severe form of Bruxism occurs while sleeping.
2. The less common form of Bruxism occurs while you are awake.
No matter when it occurs, bruxism may lead to any of the symptoms mentioned earlier.
However, patients suffering from sleep bruxism may experience the worst symptoms upon awaking. By contrast, awake bruxism patients tend to feel worse as the day progresses.
Find Out about Possible Treatments
In some cases of bruxism, formal treatment may not be necessary. For example, many children grow out of the teeth grinding phase. But for severe cases, patients may need more than one type of treatment to avoid permanent dental damage.
If you are experiencing sleep bruxism, we may prescribe Occlusal splints, or dental guards. Patients wear guards at night to separate teeth and avoid grinding damage. For patients with awake bruxism, we may recommend realignment procedures. For some patients, aligning the teeth resolves the problem without need for further treatment methods.
In some cases, bruxism is related to stress or behaviour. Certain therapies, like stress management, may help relieve symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suspect that you or a family member suffers from bruxism, call today to make an appointment. You can reach our office at 905-935-4603.