Bruxism is the subconscious teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw that can happen any time of the day, although it’s common at night. Teeth grinding exerts about 900 psi of force on your teeth and jaw and causes numerous health problems, including constant headaches and damaged teeth.
Bruxism will affect over 80% of the population at some point in their lives, yet it’s often overlooked and undiagnosed. Suspect you have bruxism? You could be suffering from either of these:
Bruxism can either be primary or secondary. Primary bruxism doesn’t have a clear cause and often occurs due to a combination of factors, including genetics, personal traits, and stress. Secondary bruxism is linked to an underlying condition or medication use. The common causes of secondary bruxism include obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, and certain psychiatric disorders.
Diagnosing bruxism can be complex because the sufferer is mostly unaware of the condition. However, our dentist will walk with you to accurately diagnose your condition for appropriate treatment. During diagnosis, we’ll scrutinize your medical history, examine your teeth and jaw movement and integrate these findings with your symptoms.
Treatment options may involve:
Has bruxism taken a toll on your oral health? Modern Dental Studio in East Brunswick, NJ, can help.
If you are seeking a dentist who is trained and certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), then consider working with Dr. Tripthi Shetty and her team at Modern Dental Studio of East Brunswick, New Jersey. She can evaluate you for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea and provide reliable solutions. In addition, she is SMART certified and has completed the education required by the IAOMT, ensuring the safe removal and replacement of silver amalgam fillings in the smile.