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If you grind or clench your teeth, you’re not alone.
Did you know that 40 million Americans grind or clench their teeth?
Grinding and clenching your teeth is a legitimate medical condition that is known as bruxism, and it is best treated professionally. At Goochland Dentistry, we see and treat bruxism every day, helping families like yours sleep better and live better.
While some people do suffer from daytime bruxism, nighttime is the most popular time, because there is far less awareness of one’s normal activity. It’s more officially known as nocturnal bruxism.
Bruxism isn’t just limited to adults, either. Children commonly clench and grind from age three until about ten years of age, although it can persist for longer if undiagnosed.
Clenching and grinding the teeth are, unfortunately, a natural and common response to stress, anxiety, and nightmares. Alcohol and caffeine have also been proven to escalate this condition.
Sometimes, however, it’s not just about stress.
Sometimes, bruxism can simply be the result of an uneven bite or misalignment of the teeth. No matter the cause, excessive grinding or clenching, can produce some of the following symptoms:
- Damage to fillings, crowns, and teeth
- Facial and neck pain
- Sore and painful jaw
- Morning fatigue
- Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea
Goochland Dentistry is here to help.
Dr. Murchie will perform a thorough examination to check for excessive wear and damage to your teeth, as well as any soreness in your jaw. Digital X-rays may also be taken to receive a clear and accurate portrait of your jaw and tooth placement.
Despite the severe repercussions of bruxism, treatment can be swift and straightforward when administered by a professional.
Bruxism is often resolved with the use of a bite guard or a splint for more advanced or complicated cases. To break the habit of grinding and clenching, a custom nightguard will be designed and fitted right here within our Manakin-Sabot office. Bite adjustments will likely be necessary as your teeth grow and adjust, and additional corrective measures, like Invisalign®, may be recommended for more severe cases.
We treat patients every day, reversing the effects of clenching and grinding while introducing new techniques to change your habits and prevent future damage.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Murchie to discuss your grinding habits!