Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a dangerous habit. Unfortunately, most people don’t even realize they are vulnerable to the mashing, clenching, and gnashing actions that can wear down their teeth.
By understanding the causes, symptoms, and solutions relating to bruxism, you can protect your health and avoid a number of unpleasant side effects.
Signs of Bruxism
Bruxism is most commonly identified by the signature teeth grinding and clenching motions that scrape the teeth together. This grinding and clenching is often loud enough for others to hear, especially sleeping partners.
The symptoms of bruxism are painful and noticeable:
- Flattened and fractured teeth
- Worn enamel
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw and facial pain
- Recurring dull headaches
- Indentations on the tongue
- The sensation of an earache that does not actually originate in the ear
Why Do Some People Grind Their Teeth?
Experts believe that most bruxism stems from physical and psychological factors, including anxiety, stress, tension, and aggression. It’s also possible that acid reflux and complications from Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease can led to the habit of teeth grinding.
When bruxism occurs during sleep, it might be caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.
Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes sporadic pauses in breathing, is also a prime cause of bruxism.
Whatever the reason, repeatedly grinding your teeth will cause pain and damage over time, so you want to get treatment as soon as possible.
Best Treatment For Teeth Grinding
Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we use dental technology called a T-Scan to measure patients’ timed and forced bites inside their mouths. The T-Scan can measure the pressure and stress a bite is causing inside the mouth, and determine whether that pressure is firing the jaw muscles into a state of pain.
For years, mouth-guards and appliances were primarily used by dentists to treat TMJ pain. But they proved to be only temporary solutions. By using the T-Scan, the data collected can nearly permanently correct the time and force of occlusal problems. In most patients, many of the teeth grinding symptoms go away within the first week after treatment has begun – without a mouth-guard!
If you grind your teeth or suffer from headaches, migraines, or painful TMJ… it’s important you see a pain management professional for an immediate consultation. Pain treatment, like TruDenta therapy offered here at Pasadena Pain Management, can provide lasting relief depending on the source of your migraines.
Pain Treatment in Pasadena CA – Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, and More
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.