Due to the ways that bruxism affects your smile, it can be hard to detect. Bruxism is the result of a disorder that causes a person to grind and gnash their teeth together, often to the detriment of their oral health. Bruxism often occurs while a person sleeps, which is why it is so difficult to detect. Instead, it is important to look at the physical damage that occurs.
Physical damage to your teeth and gums is often noticeable from bruxism. This can include cheek tissue damage, as well as tongue indentations and irregular chips and cracks with your teeth. If you notice any of these issues and are unaware of where they came from, they may be the result of bruxism.
Bruxism is often accompanied by pain or discomfort in your mouth. This can include earaches, jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity. With jaw pain comes an increased likelihood of TMJ disorders in your jaw as the result of bruxism. When you wake up in the morning, take note of an increase in jaw pain or irregular tooth sensitivity.
If you need treatment for bruxism at Gary H. Morikawa, DDS Inc, simply call us at 808-949-8866 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary H Morikawa at our orthodontic office in Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit us today, and your smile with thank you!