If you wake up in the morning with severe jaw and temporomandibular joint pain, you may be living with a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a serious issue that can cause more than just extreme pain. It can also put your oral health and your quality of life in jeopardy. Mark Romanelli, DDS can help.
What Exactly is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which you clench and grind your teeth. This clenching and grinding occur as a result of the contraction of the muscles in your mouth. While it can occur at any time of day, it is most common at night. This is because you have no control over your muscle movements while you sleep. When your muscles contract, excessive pressures are placed on your teeth, your jaw, and your temporomandibular joints. This constant pressure can also tire out your muscles as well.
There are several symptoms that accompany bruxism. Some of these symptoms are immediate. Others, however, come on gradually, worsening over time. There are also some symptoms that seemingly have nothing at all to do with the condition of your mouth. This can sometimes lead you to think that you have a completely different issue, which can leave bruxism undiagnosed for a while. Symptoms include:
Bruxism can be caused by some different issues. One of the biggest causes of bruxism is stress. When you are stressed, your muscles tighten, including the muscles in your face. While you can control your muscles while you are awake, stress can also affect you while you sleep. Other causes of bruxism include:
There are several treatments available for managing bruxism.
If bruxism is causing you severe discomfort, we can help. Call Mark Romanelli, DDS to schedule your consultation today at (805) 468-4659.
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