Teeth Grinding (Bruxism), With Dr. Larry Pribyl, of the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea, Independence, Missouri
Bruxism, or the grinding of your teeth, is more likely to occur during the deeper parts of sleep. Bruxism can lead to muscle fatigue and soreness, says Dr. Larry Pribyl of the Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea in Independence, Missouri.
The most common reasons why bruxism occurs is stress, a compromised airway so that one is struggling to open it while sleeping, which leads to the grinding and TMJ, where a little piece of cartlidge or pad is displaced in our jaw joint and the muscles work overtime while sleeping, says Dr. Pribyl.
Clenching deals with issues with muscle fatigue and soreness in the jaw joint and clenching itself doens't harm teeth. Grinding, however, is very detrimental to the surface of our teeth, Dr. Pribyl says, and this is also reflective in our TMJ joint as well.
The side effects that Dr. Pribyl mentions includes muscle fatigue which leads to patients waking up with headaches, either due to lack of oxygen or muscle fatigue and wear and tear on the teeth. Bruxism is managed with an oral appliance to help preserve the wear on the teeth but Dr. Pribyl says it's important to find out what's the real causes. If it's an airway issue, it's important to create a more patent airway in solving the airway issues. If it's stress, it's important to relieve the stress and if it's TMJ-related, then that should be targeted as well.
Dr. Larry Pribyl is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder videos, and is a dentist in Independence, Missouri with the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea.