According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism affects 10 percent of adults. If you are one of many Americans who suffer from bruxism, then you may be searching for some much-needed relief. Dr. Amy’s Dental Office in Thousand Oaks, CA is here to help you find some aid. We will discuss what bruxism is and how you can treat it.
Many people may wonder if TMJ is a cause of bruxism. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects your lower jaw bone to your skull. It is what allows you to speak, chew, and move your mouth. TMJ disorder is when these basic movements cause you pain. What causes TMJ disorders? Stress, anxiety, sleeping on one side of your jaw, excessive chewing, or even overextending your jaw. Bruxism can also be a side effect of antidepressants. Leaving bruxism untreated can lead to further symptoms such as a headache, earache, joint and muscle pain. It can even lead to loosening and loss of teeth. Finding a TMJ specialist is vital for your health.
Typically, stress and anxiety are the most common causes of TMJ disorder. Starting with relieving stress will help your bruxism. Deep breathing and meditation will help with alleviating your symptoms. Your dentist may also recommend medical treatment. A customized dental mouth guard can be used while sleeping to eliminate the habit of teeth grinding.
Figuring out what causes your TMJ disorder is the first step in treating bruxism. Don’t get discouraged if your bruxism persists. Contact Dr. Amy’s Dental Office to schedule your next appointment with us. Get on track with your dental care today. We are here to provide you and your family with the best quality of care.