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This is a shout out to say thank you to Dr. Gustavo, Perla, Maggie & and all the other Channel, Islands dentistry, people! The cap on my front tooth randomly fell off at 9:30 in the morning yesterday I was in shock and couldn’t talk without that tooth and didn’t understand how it happened so I went straight to the Ventura Office where I go and Perla got me in right away. I was so surprised Dr. Gustavo took care of me with x-rays explanation and a positive plan for treatment before I left a short time later Perla had run out to the elevator to catch me with a next day appointment at their Newberry Park office parentheses which was fun to visit. Dr. Gustavo is so gentle and kind and very much an expert at giving shots! I am now awaiting a new crown. Thank you so much everyone at Channel Islands dentistry! That means a lot to have a dentist nearby that you can really count on!
Amazing work! Everyone was friendly and the dentist really explains everything in simple detail.
Teeth Grinding or Clenching
Grinding or clenching of teeth, medically known as Teeth Grinding or bruxism, is a common issue. Grinding or clenching could be conscious or unconscious. Most people grind or clench occasionally, which could cause no harm, but when Teeth Grinding occurs on a regular basis, it can lead to damaging oral tissues causing other oral health complications.
Why do people clench or grind their teeth: the reasons for teeth grinding is not always clear and can vary from patient to patient. At channel Islands Family Dental Office, our experts work tirelessly to diagnose the physical, psychological or genetic factors that can cause bruxism.
Bruxism is broadly classified into two types
Awake Bruxism: grinding or clenching of teeth caused during the day while being awake. It is usually related to emotional issues, such as feeling anxious, stressed or angry.
Sleep Bruxism: On the other hand, when someone grind or clench their teeth while being asleep. Our specialist at Channel Islands family dental office, explains our patients since they asleep they are unaware of the condition, and an lead to jaw pains and other problems related to oral health. In some kids, grinding happens due to the improper alignment of upper and lower jaws. In some cases, it can happen as a response to teething or pain in the ear. In adult or young children, stress and anxiety is generally the cause for teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
Lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, recreational drugs or consuming a lot of caffeine can also cause night grinding or clenching.
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can also be one of the reasons for bruxism.
How to diagnose Teeth Grinding: Teeth Grinding or jaw clenching, usually happens during sleep and is most likely noticed by parents or siblings. However, having a constant dull headache or sore jaw after waking up could be symptoms of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism). If you think you or someone in your family may be grinding their teeth in sleep, talk to your Oxnard Dentist. An Oxnard Dentist specialist can physically examine your mouth for any signs of Teeth Grinding, such as tenderness in the jaw and wear and tear, to rule out other causes like ear infections.
Symptoms of clenching and grinding
Teeth grinding or clenching usually happens during sleep that makes it difficult for a patient to identify their symptoms. However, signs that you may look for includes:
- Disrupted sleep
- Headaches or facial pain after waking up
- Pain in the ear
- Wear or enamel loss
- Painful or loose teeth
- Soreness in jaw muscles
- Tooth fracture by excessive pressure
- TMJ sounds like clicking or popping
- Pain while chewing
- Lock jaw
Treatment and methods to prevent
The treatment for grinding and clenching of teeth generally includes use of night guards, a retainer like instrument worn overnight, to prevent damage to the teeth and other oral tissues. it won’t stop grinding or clenching but will help in reducing the symptoms.
Our dentists at Channel Islands Family Dental take different approaches to treat bruxism based on specific symptoms and stressors that include:
Medications: muscle relaxants can help relax the jaw muscles and prevent grinding.
Lifestyle modifications: stress management and relaxation training can be identified as a useful aid to help the patients reduce the symptoms and complications of bruxism.
Other preventive methods include:
- Avoid foods or drinks containing caffeine, cola or chocolate
- Avoid alcohol
- Do not chew on pens or anything that is not food
- Be aware about chewing or grinding during the day. Try to stop yourself by keeping your lips together, with teeth apart and tongue behind the front teeth.