What is Bruxism? An Aspen Dentist Explains the Symptoms and Causes.

What is Bruxism? An Aspen Dentist Explains the Symptoms and Causes.

Bruxism is a condition in which you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth. This can happen while you are awake. However, it often occurs during sleep. Bruxism can cause a number of health issues including headaches and facial pain. At our Aspen dentist office, we are focused on the effect it can have on your teeth and jaw.

Bruxism Symptoms

If you have bruxism that takes place while you sleep, you may not initially know that it is a problem. However, over time you and your dental team will likely start to see the symptoms, including:

  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Damaged tooth enamel
  • Tight or tired jaw muscles
  • Pain or soreness in your face, neck or jaw
  • Dull headache that starts in your temples
  • Earache
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Damage to the inside of your cheek
  • Sleep disruption

Bruxism Causes and Risk Factors

A number of factors can make you more likely to experience bruxism. They include:

  • Age. Bruxism is more common in children than adults
  • Stress and anxiety. If you have a lot of stress in your life or suffer from anxiety, you may be more prone to bruxism.
  • Personality type. If you have a hyperactive, competitive or aggressive personality, you are more likely to develop bruxism.
  • Family history. If someone in your family grinds or clenches their teeth, you may be more likely to do the same.
  • Caffeine, nicotine and medications. Bruxism can be worsened by certain substances, especially those that increase your energy level.
  • Some medical conditions and disorders. Bruxism may be caused or influenced by conditions like Parkinson's disease, sleep apnea, epilepsy and others.

Bruxism Treatment from Your Aspen Dentist

If you suffer from bruxism, you may need guidance from your doctor to resolve the issues causing it. However, in many cases, bruxism can be addressed by wearing a night guard to protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep.

If you think you are clenching or grinding, talk with the care team in our office. If your bruxism has damaged your teeth, get in touch to learn more about our restorative dentistry services. Call 970-279-5647 or connect with us online at elevatewillits.com.

We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.