Millions of Americans suffer from the ramifications of Bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism can be experienced both during nighttime or daytime, and involves jaw clenching and teeth grinding unconsciously (such as during stressful situations). Doing so can lead to numerous complications including local muscular pain, headaches, loss of tooth structure, cracked teeth, tooth sensitivity, gum recession, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome, and more.
Although there is currently no conclusive evidence on what exactly causes teeth grinding, there have been studies to show that some contributing factors include anxiety, stress, injury, sleep apnea, and a misaligned bite.
Luckily, there are dental solutions available that can drastically help manage the effects of Bruxism. At South Bay Dental Esthetics, we offer custom-fitted night-guards that can reduce force unconsciously exerted on teeth throughout the night. If Bruxism is caused by a misalign bite, we also offer Invisalign which may help to sort out the issue as well.