What is Bruxism?
Are your teeth particularly worn, do you have headaches or pain in your jaw? You may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in your jaws which causes a clenching or grinding of the teeth. It is more common at night, which makes it difficult to diagnose. However some symptoms can alert you and push you to consult a dentist.
Growing teeth is common in children and promotes the milk teeth to fall. However, in adults the consequences can be problematic. At the Carrefour Dentaire of Montreal, you will find dentists accustomed to treating bruxism. From the first consultation, they will offer you a solution so that your morning migraines and your jaw pain are only bad memories! So do not hesitate to contact us, our secretaries will be happy to give you an appointment quickly.
Solutions to fight bruxism.
With our extended schedules and the presence of 12 dentists, our dental center is the clinic that is best placed to help you to avoid the consequences of bruxism. During your visit, our dentist will examine your mouth to make sure that your symptoms are due to a grinding of teeth. If so, the treatment will depend on the causes of this bruxism. If your bruxism is due to a bad fit or the loss of one or more teeth, our dentist will offer you an appropriate treatment plan. If it is the anxiety that causes you to grind your teeth, it will advise you to wear plastic gutters. These gutters will relieve the jaw muscles, limit squeaking and protect your teeth from premature wear.
The possible irreversible effects of bruxism
When you grind teeth, a great deal of force is exerted on your jaws and teeth. This can have various consequences:
- High muscle tension can cause pain in the jaws, face and neck and cause headaches.
- The articulation of your jaw can be harmed. It can crack and sometimes no longer allow normal opening of the mouth.
- Bruxism can alter your sleep.
- Over time your teeth and prostheses wear out, can crack and even break.
- As you go, your teeth can be moved out of there natural position and eventually dropped.
The consequences of bruxism are not negligible. This is why we advise you from the first symptoms to consult one of our dentists.
Aesthetic solutions to the consequences of your bruxism
Bruxism can cause severe wear of your teeth that will appear shorter over time. At that moment, the aesthetics of your smile will be modified and may no longer suit you. Our experienced dentists in aesthetics will be able to offer you solutions adapted to your situation.
If your bruxism is related to anxiety…
When bruxism is the result of your stress and anxiety, our dentist can, as we have written above, advise you to wear gutters. But this system “does not treat the pain at its root”. We deal, in fact, with the consequences of bruxism and not with its causes. If you want to tackle the causes, we advise you to consult your family doctor. Relaxation exercises and a better sleeping position can also help. In any case, do not hesitate to speak to your dentist who can guide you in your research.