Bruxism? Facts to Sleep On

dca-blog_article-18_teeth-grinding_1200x630

If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw at night while you sleep, you are suffering from a condition called bruxism. Teeth grinding affects up to 40 million adults and children in the United States alone. The habit can develop at any age, and symptoms may even occur when you’re awake. You may unconsciously clench your teeth together when concentrating, driving, reading, or writing. During sleep, the condition causes rhythmic contractions of the jaw.

Signs of Bruxism

  • Rhythmic contraction of jaws at night
  • Persistent facial pain
  • Tight or sore jaw muscles
  • Grinding noise during sleep
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or dysfunction
  • Shoulder and neck pain or stiffness
  • Excessive wear of tooth enamel
  • Ear pain
  • Headache
  • Jaw swelling

Teeth Grinding Triggers

The following conditions and habits may cause you to grind your teeth:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stressful work environment
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

Get Advanced Treatment from an Affordable Dentist

Occlusal appliances and mandibular advancement devices are the two main types of treatments employed by affordable dentists. Occlusal appliances are custom-made devices that fit over your top or bottom row of teeth and are worn while you sleep; these include splints, bite guards, and bite plates. Mandibular advancement devices fit over your top and bottom teeth. They work by gradually repositioning the jaw forward and are recommended when sleep apnea is likely the cause of tooth grinding. When symptoms are due to stress, behavioral management or psychotherapy can also help. If you want to stop grinding your teeth and prevent further damage to your tooth enamel and jaw, seek out an affordable dentist for help. The dentists Atlanta trusts can recommend the best treatment to help manage the condition.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Imagix Dental today or make an appointment.

Imagix Dental and its affiliated practices offer affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Our practices provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Helpful, patient, location
Asher T.
My child is 3 and will go back each time by himself because the staff is so friendly and sweet to him.
Nathaniel H.
Dr. Milky is very patient. Both of my kids were afraid of dentist visits but entire staff made them feel at ease at every appointment. Now it’s not so stressful anymore and we have made progress of […]
Sujana M.
The fixed a broken tooth, fixed the jaw popping/clicking and cleaned my teeth. Grab a coffee and your out the door. Nothing more I could ask for.
Corey
Dr. Mills is wonderful!
Deborah R.
They were sympathetic to my fears. They made it one of my best visits to the dentist for someone who is deathly afraid of visiting the dentist.
Debra W.
Prompt service. Friendly staff.
Micheal T.
Great job on taking care of my dental care. On time appointment, no hazzle , clear on payments up front, no surprises. Friendly folks that are good at what they do. Paul
Paul M.
Staff focused on outstanding professional dental services delivered in a caring, thoughtful manner in which I want to continue our relationship.
James H.
The office is very professional and I appreciate the consistency with staff and their level of customer service. Also, the prices charged for services are competitive.
Leon S.
It’s the best place. And they do the best job.
Lizeth E.
The overall experience has been a great one for my daughter and is helping me with proper oral care as she continues to grow.
Presley T.
Dr Mitchell and his staff are friendly and professional. Dr Mitchell is very skilled and gentle, a real pro; leaving me a lot less anxious about dental work. Thanks, folks.
Andy L.
Fast and professional! I love this office!
Tiffany G.
Everyone is always friendly and professional. its always a great experience!
Aldeen G.
Dr. P is awesome! She was extremely patient and made sure my son was comfortable.
Braylon W.
The efficiency and friendliness of the staff. We are always treated so nicely and they are always working very quickly to get us in and out on time. Love this office!
David G.
Excellent service! No waiting in the waiting room prompt service. Clean facility and very pleasant and efficient dental hygienist
Valerie P.
Totally awesome
Alan M.
Everyone at the office is so helpful and professional and pleasant. The dental care is excellent and I feel I am in good hands.
Mary F.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here