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Bruxism and Tooth Loss


bruxism-and-tooth-loss-austin-oral-surgery-300x200You can brush your teeth, floss every day, and even start a diet that promotes healthier teeth, but what do you do when a dental problem is out of your control?

Bruxism is a dental condition in which you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. It is far more common than most people realize. While teeth grinding may be the result of stress, it often occurs during sleep and is often caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. Since bruxism often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. Telltale symptoms of bruxism include a dull, constant headache or sore jaw.

In severe cases of bruxism, chronic teeth grinding can lead to fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. In addition to tooth loss, excessive bruxism can also affect your jaws and cause or worsen temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ).

If you experience any of these symptoms and suspect you may suffer from bruxism, talk to your dentist or contact Austin Oral Surgery to learn more.