What is bruxism? It is when people grind their teeth. It is very common that people grind their teeth especially at night time. Some people grind their teeth all the way through their enamel or most outer layer of their teeth. It is important to treat bruxism because it is permanent damage and the effects can not be repaired easily. It is also shown that bruxism can be related to TMJ disorders or disorders of the jaw joint.
The best way to treat bruxism is prevention. If you feel like you are grinding your teeth, making a night guard can often prevent the damage that is caused by bruxism. As you can see in the photo above bruxism can cause abfraction. (See our post about abfraction). It can also cause gum recession and attrition.
It is believed that grinding of teeth is related to stress. So if you are stressed out at work or in life and feel your teeth are getting shorter, worn out, flatter, or loose, get examined for bruxism.
If you have questions about bruxism us at 951-687-8700 or visit our office at 7759 California Ave, Riverside CA 92504. Peter Mani, DDS is a general dentist who practices in Riverside CA. Photo courtesy of H. Farran DDS and Dr. J Candia