Complications Associated With Bruxism (Teeth Clenching and Grinding)

Complications Associated With Bruxism (Teeth Clenching and Grinding)

Asian woman sleeping on the bed and grinding teeth

At the practice of Dr. Eric Wiitala of Scottsdale, AZ, you have access to solutions for many dental concerns that may arise over the years. This includes problems such as bruxism. Bruxism, which is the medical term for clenching and grinding of the teeth when you sleep, can significantly impact the smile.

Some of the more common issues that are associated with this condition include:

  • Broken teeth/tooth fractures
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Frequent headaches and migraines
  • Ear, jaw, and face pain
  • Neck and shoulder aches
  • Locking jaw joints
  • Clicking and popping sound when chewing

As with most dental conditions, an early diagnosis is recommended to ensure you can start treatment and reduce the risk of other complications or problems arising from this condition.

What causes bruxism?

Dr. Eric Wiitala will evaluate your medical history and lifestyle to determine the cause of bruxism. This may include stress-related issues, anxiety, certain medications, and even conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. X-rays may be taken to ensure there is no other concern that has developed that might be contributing to the clenching and grinding.

What can be done about bruxism?

With a proper diagnosis of bruxism, you can begin to talk to Dr. Eric Wiitala about the benefits of treatment. In many instances, the use of a specialized mouth guard worn at night can reduce the tension and problems associated with clenching and grinding. It protects the teeth and may also reduce stress-related jaw and muscle pain. We work with you to ensure your oral appliance works properly and provides you with the results you need to feel your best and reduce the risk of other dental issues arising. In some cases, our team may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, including reducing stress levels, getting proper sleep, and seeing your dentist regularly.

Do you want to take control of your bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that can negatively impact the smile, and getting a proper diagnosis and discussing treatment options with Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ, is the first step in learning more. Call 480-657-6981 to request a consultation visit at his office today!