Bruxism Treatment Can Eliminate Jaw Pain and Protect Your Smile
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching, is a condition that can cause substantial jaw pain, debilitating headaches, and even tooth loss. A misalignment in your bite can make you more prone to teeth grinding. At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics in Philadelphia, PA, our team provides bruxism treatment through orthodontics to help correct your dental misalignment and eliminate the causes of bruxism.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a medical term which refers to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Nearly 40 million Americans, about eight to 10 percent of the population, suffer from this condition. While it may occur from stress, it can also be the result of crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw.
When the jaw is off balance, your teeth work harder to try and realign it. Patients are usually unaware they have this condition since it most frequently occurs during the night when sleeping. Those who have bruxism may catch themselves grinding their teeth during traffic or intense moments at work.
Over time, bruxism can take a toll on your oral health and lead to tooth loss and costly treatments. Catching this condition early and treating it conservatively can help eliminate the source of the problem and prevent side effects from worsening.