Could Stress Cause Bruxism?

At the moment, many of us are facing quite a lot of stress. With the spread of COVID-19 comes changes to our jobs, being forced to homeschool our children, being furloughed, and other anxieties. Your Independence, MO, dentist understands that elevated stress levels could contribute to the risk of chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism!

The Link Between Your Anxiety and Chronic Teeth Grinding

The last thing you need to worry about right now is your smile, so we want to go over the symptoms and causes of bruxism so you can protect your smile until we can see your once again for treatment. High levels of stress are often linked to nightly grinding and clenching of the teeth. Other possible causes include tooth loss, bite imbalance, misalignment, TMJ disorder, and injuries to the face or jaw.

Possible Signs of Danger

If your significant other lets you know you grind your teeth, then you may be able to take action and give us a call for advice. Otherwise, you may need to recognize the symptoms that occur during the day, such as headaches and migraines, jaw pain, facial discomfort, or tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If one or more of these symptoms sound familiar, then contact our team today. We can offer advice to reduce symptoms and protect your smile, and if you experience pain in your smile due to damaged or decayed teeth as a result of bruxism, we can schedule an emergency visit to repair your smile and discuss treatment options.

Treatment Options

At home, we suggest cutting back on caffeinated products, especially before bed, and also avoiding hard or chewy foods. Consuming these items could exacerbate the symptoms. A warm washcloth against the side of the face could reduce tensions too! When we can administer treatment, we may create an oral appliance that is worn at night and fits like a mouthguard. The device actually repositions the jaw to ease strain, and could also place a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. The barrier then prevents further damage due to grinding or clenching. If a tooth is damaged or decayed, a custom-made crown could restore it and preserve the beauty of your smile. If you have any questions about reducing stress, avoiding worsening bruxism, or about our emergency treatment options, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Restorative Dentistry?

Our team wants you understand the possible dangers facing your smile, and help you protect it from home. To learn more about safeguarding smiles from home, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Independence, Lee’s Summit, and all surrounding communities.