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A commonly occurring parafunctional activity is bruxism and it happens to most people at some point in their life. There is no definitive age group that this function affects, so you can be a young adult, middle-aged individual, or senior. Bruxism is better known as teeth clenching and this occurs when the teeth grind on one another or when you clench your jaw shut. These actions often occur most when the individual sleeps, but it can happen throughout the day as well.

Bruxism is a sleep disorder and one of the better known and commonly occurring ones. Since chewing is a neuromuscular activity, it is controlled through the subconscious, which means that you do not always control it. While asleep, the process can become active in the subconscious and lead to bruxism. The most common symptoms you will experience if you do have bruxism include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Earaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Chronic stress

At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, we do offer what is known as a BiteStrip and this is a device that works to diagnose bruxism at home. The device is a small, yet durable electromyography, which senses and monitors activity in the jaw muscles while you are sleeping. The frequency of the condition and severity of it can be addressed and determined based on the results of the device.

Why Do I Need Treatment for Bruxism?

There are many reasons to seek out bruxism treatment and some of them may not be as obvious. Dr. Brandon Kang does offer treatment here in our Oakland and San Francisco office. Some of the benefits of treatment include:

Facial pain and headaches. Grinding your teeth can lead to the teeth becoming short and blunt. This can then cause issues when you chew food or when you close your mouth. Muscle pain is common when this occurs and can lead to serious headaches.

Gum recession. Bruxism is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and recession of the gums in patients. Grinding damages, the soft tissues in your mouth and can lead to loosened teeth, which allow openings and pockets for bacteria to grow in.

Arthritis. In some severe cases, bruxism can lead to arthritis in the TMJ joints and this can make it extremely difficult to open and close your mouth.

Occlusal trauma. When bruxism is present, you may experience abnormal wear on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and this can cause fractures and breaks to the teeth.

Treatment Options for Bruxism

At Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, Dr. Brandon Kang does offer treatment for bruxism. The most commonly used treatment is Botox, which is injected directly into the muscles that cause bruxism in the first place. These muscles are limited in their movement and they prevent any further grinding of the teeth, but the Botox does not limit your ability to chew or speak.

Other options for treatment include dental bonding, mouthguards, dental crowns, and porcelain veneers in situations where the teeth may be damaged from the bruxism.

Book an Appointment Today

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for bruxism, but there are treatments to aid in the relief of pain and the treatment itself. If you would like to learn more about Botox or our treatment options, call Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center today. Dr. Brandon Kang offers treatment for TMJ in both our Oakland and San Francisco offices.

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Bay Area Oral Surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kang, manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation,
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