Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) is a common dental problem. If not addressed, it can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint jaw, jaw muscles and can even damage your teeth. When you visit our office in Pleasanton, California, Dr. Wang will most likely recommend you use a night guard while sleeping to ease the effects on your teeth.
What Are the Causes of Bruxism?
The exact causes of bruxism remain unknown. Many studies have suggested that stress and anxiety can lead to teeth grinding. Others have associated bruxism with sleep apnea, use of cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, and an abnormal bite.
What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?
People of all ages may grind their teeth. Occasional grinding does not cause real concerns. However, if the problem persists, it may lead to loss of enamel, broken teeth, or even tooth loss.
Do not overlook symptoms such as waking up with dull headaches, soreness in the jaw, facial pain, or fatigue from lack of sleep. Please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms.