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Pain is a way in which your body lets you know that something is not quite right. Waking up in the morning, day after day, with a sore, aching jaw can be an indication of bruxism. Not only does this issue cause pain, but it can also affect the functioning of your mouth and your quality of life. Optimum Oral Surgery Group is here to help.
Do You Grind and Clench Your Teeth?
Bruxism is a term that refers to the grinding and clenching of your teeth. When you have bruxism, excessive pressure is placed on your jaws, your muscles, and the temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. This pressure can wear out your jaw muscles, as well as lead to extreme pain in your jaw and joints, making basic functions like eating and speaking difficult. If bruxism is severe enough, even just opening your mouth can be incredibly painful. With bruxism, your entire quality of life can be affected.
What Causes Bruxism?
There are several different issues that can lead to bruxism. Common causes include:
Indicators of Bruxism
Jaw pain is one of the most common indications of bruxism. However, it is not the only one. Moreover, many symptoms of bruxism do not appear right away. Instead, they start minor, often barely noticeable, and gradually increase the longer the condition goes untreated. Symptoms of bruxism include:
Treatment Options for Bruxism
There are several different treatment options for bruxism. With a thorough oral exam, we can determine the cause of your bruxism and help to provide you with an effective treatment plan. Common treatments for bruxism include:
With an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, the pain and other issues associated with bruxism can be alleviated. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group today at (856) 437-4432.