Most people do not have a perfect bite, but there bite is close enough not to cause problems. During the resting position for a perfect bite your lips are together but your upper and lower teeth do not touch. Your teeth should only touch when you are talking, chewing, or swallowing. However, have you ever heard of bruxing? In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some important FAQS about bruxing.
Q: What is bruxing?
A: Bruxing is when you grind and clench your teeth together.
Q: Why is bruxing bad for you?
A: If you are grinding and clenching, your jaw is not in a relaxed position. A relaxed position is a healthy position. Bruxing is not healthy for your jaw because you are putting constant pressure on your teeth and jaw which can result in damage.
Q: What can happen if I continue to brux?
A: Chronic bruxing can lead to loose teeth; jawbone deterioration; muscle strain; headaches; neck aches; chipped, cracked or worn down teeth; and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Q: What is TMJ?
A: TMJ is a disorder of your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your bottom jaw to the temporal bone of the skull (the bone in front of each ear). Your temporomandibular joints allow the jaw to move up and down and side to side in a smooth fashion. This enables you to talk, chew, and yawn. Your jaw muscles which are attached to the jaw joint control the movement of your jaw. Any problem with the TMJ or surrounding muscles in considered temporomandibular joint disorder.
Q: Why do people brux?
A: People often brux when they are experiencingstress, worry, tension, fear, anger, or anxiety. Much of the time bruxing is done unconsciously or during sleep. Certain medications such as anti-depressants can also trigger bruxing.
Q: How is bruxing treated?
A:The most common treatment for bruxing is a custom-fit night guard. The mouth guard basically protects your teeth from damage and helps alleviate symptoms. Other treatments can include relaxation therapy, stress counseling, and muscle relaxants.
About Your Livonia MI Dentist
James R. Stewart, Jr, DDS, PC and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.