Bruxism refers to the jaw’s natural function of chewing and clenching. However, when people experience bruxism in their sleep, it can cause severe damage. Some people even suffer bruxism while taking naps.
Sleep clenching and grinding often affect the front six teeth on both the upper and lower jaws the most. Generally, people who suffer from bruxism grind their teeth laterally, which puts strain on your jaw muscles and joints.
As a result, many people experience headaches, earaches, anxiety and depression. Often, people who suffer from bruxism also suffer severe stress, alcohol abuse or Alzheimer’s disease.
You might think bruxism is a natural reaction of the body and something that doesn’t need treatment. However, untreated bruxism can have severe consequences. Here’s why your dentist will recommend treating bruxism immediately.
Additionally, your dentist might recommend improving your stress management and learning some relaxation exercises that prevent bruxism. Once you’re no longer suffering from bruxism, your dentist can fix any damage with dental procedures, including crowns, crown lengthening, gum grafts, etc.