Bruxism Treatment in Vancouver
Are you aware that more than 90% of us grind or clench our teeth at some point in our lives? Tooth grinding (officially called bruxism) is usually caused by stress and anxiety but can also have other causes.
There are two types of bruxism – grinding that happens during the day and at night bruxing. During the day, teeth grinding can occur when you’re frustrated, tense, or deep in concentration. When you sleep, it’s more of an unconscious habit. This is when it happens for most people.
Whether it’s during the day or night, grinding can be very damaging to your teeth because it can wear down your tooth enamel (which is irreplaceable) and weaken fillings and crowns. It can also damage your teeth and cause jaw pain. The sooner you get bruxism treatment, the less damage your smile will incur.
Here are some common signs of bruxism:
- a painful or stiff jaw
- sensitive, loose, or broken teeth
- sore gums
- sores on the insides of your cheek
- a popping noise that comes from your jaw joint
- morning headaches
- worn-down teeth
- fatigue due to a lack of restful sleep.
What does bruxism treatment entail?
In the past, attempts to cure bruxism ranged from sound alarms, electrical stimulation, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and drugs. Today, you have different options.
In mild cases, bruxism treatment may not be necessary. All of us can grind our teeth while under extreme stress. But, when it becomes a nightly occurrence, bruxism treatment may be necessary. As a dentist in Vancouver, after a thorough examination of your teeth, cheeks, and gums, we may recommend a custom-made nightguard to prevent night bruxism. It acts as a barrier between your teeth and as a cushion to help ease the tension in your jaw muscles. While nightguards can be purchased at the pharmacy without a prescription, custom-made nightguards offer the best and most comfortable fit. And they are extremely durable. We may also recommend that before we fit your nightguard that we make repairs to your damaged teeth – allowing you to smile with confidence. This also ensures a good long-term fit for your nightguard.