Bruxism is defined as a dental condition that causes you to clench or grind your teeth. Sleep bruxism, also known as nocturnal bruxism occurs throughout the night and may cause you to wake up with a stiff jaw, a headache, and/or sensitive teeth. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can easily diagnose this condition by examining your teeth for signs of damage.
Occasional bruxism is usually not a cause for concern, but when it occurs regularly, it becomes problematic. There are many factors that play a role in nocturnal bruxism, such as smoking, or heavy alcohol consumption. Certain dental problems such as missing teeth, a crooked smile, or a misaligned bite may also cause bruxism. Bruxism can wreak havoc on the teeth if left untreated. This is because the constant pressure can chip, crack, or fracture teeth. If your dentist determines that you do have nocturnal bruxism, he or she may suggest a night guard to protect your teeth.
If you have questions or concerns regarding bruxism, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.