What is Bruxism?
|Grinding 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
Bruxism, be sure to have Dr. Ledner or Dr. Zaiff
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 Treated?
Sometimes, the damage caused by bruxism must be addressed first.
Any malocclusion, sensitivity,
brittle teeth, or TMJ problems should
be discussed with Dr. Ledner or Dr. Zaiff
first to be sure those problems are resolved and that the subsequent
treatment for bruxism prevents a recurrence of those problems.
Further damage from bruxism can be prevented with a mouth guard
that is worn during sleep. This guard is comfortable and easy
for most people to wear. Contact Us
for an appointment to stop the damage caused by bruxism and
correct any serious problems.
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