What is Bruxism?
of teeth, also known as Bruxism, occurs in children as well
as adults. Grinding of teeth generally occurs during sleep.
What if my Child is Grinding His or Her Teeth?
Children often grind their teeth when
their teeth are erupting. This is not uncommon, nor is it
a problem if it is mild. However, in more severe cases the
child can develop a malocclusion.
Malocclusion may then lead to TMJ problems
or to a need for Orthodontics. If you have any concerns about
your child's grinding of teeth, be sure to have Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro
check for signs of excessive wear so that treatment options
can be discussed and implemented to prevent serious problems.
What about Bruxism in Adults?
Adults may grind their teeth at night
The result of bruxism can be:
- Worn spots (attrition) that can lead to:
- TMJ problems
- Noise that sometimes disrupts the partner's sleep
How can Bruxism be Cured?
Sometimes, the damage caused by bruxism must
be addressed first. Any malocclusion, sensitivity, brittle
teeth, or TMJ problems should be discussed with Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro
first to be sure those problems are resolved and that the
subsequent cure for bruxism prevents a recurrence of those
problems. Bruxism itself can easily be cured with a simple
mouth guard that is worn during sleep. This guard is comfortable
and easy to become accustomed to. Contact
Us for an appointment to stop the damage caused by bruxism
and correct any serious problems.