Learn More About Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition where one clenches or grinds their teeth, typically at night (or even during the day). Many people are not even aware that they have this problem.
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When you clench or grind your teeth, you are putting much force on them. Over time, it can be detrimental to one’s dental health. Common symptoms are loose teeth, facial pain, sensitivity, and chipping. If you experience such dental problems, you must see a dentist for a checkup.
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Absolute Smiles employs a quality dental approach in addressing bruxism. A combination of techniques or dental appliances, such as a night guard, may be included in personalised oral care. The dentist in our dental clinic may help you find relief from this painful condition while protecting your teeth for a healthy smile.
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Depending on the underlying reasons, we provide the following services to preserve your teeth from unconscious teeth grinding:
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bruxism
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It can be hard to tell whether you grind your teeth while sleeping until you experience discomfort when you wake up or have tooth damage. We highly recommend consulting a dental professional to get a proper diagnosis and treatment if you experience the following signs of bruxism:
- Jaw muscle pain. One common sign of bruxism is waking up with a painful, tense, locked jaw.
- Soreness. You frequently feel soreness in your neck, jaw, and face. Typically, this happens in the morning.
- Dull pain. You may also feel dull headaches that point to the temples or pain in your ears.
- Damage to teeth. Common signs of severe bruxism are changes to the structures of the teeth. You may notice they look flat, have chipping, loosening, increased sensitivity, and excessive wear. It may happen when the enamel is damaged, and the inner layer is exposed.
- Sleep disruption. If you feel restless, the pressure of gnashing your teeth might interfere with your sleep. Headaches may follow due to disrupted sleep.
While the exact cause of bruxism is still vague, there are several possible risk factors that can contribute to its triggers, which may include the following:
- Age. Involuntary gnashing of teeth is common among children. Although in most cases, they may go away by adulthood.
- Levels of stress. Bruxism is known to be related to strong emotions, including anger, frustration, anxiety, and tension. A study suggests that there is a strong relationship between bruxism and stress, especially in people with emotional disorders or occupational exposures.
- Medication and substances. Grinding or clenching of teeth may be an adverse effect of recreational drugs and certain psychiatric medicines, such as certain antidepressants. For some, excessive drinking of caffeinated beverages and smoking tobacco can trigger bruxism.
- Genetics. The condition may tend to run in the genes. If you have a family member who suffers from it, there’s a possible chance that you might experience it as well.
- Other medical conditions. Some of the most common health conditions and disorders associated with bruxism may include Parkinson’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and sleep-related disorders such as night terrors and sleep apnea. However, it varies from person to person. So, we advise you to see a healthcare provider to evaluate and discuss your risk factors.
Bruxism carries the risk of serious oral health risks if not addressed promptly. You may suffer from weakened teeth structures, severe wear down of tooth enamel, or even tooth loss that may require restorative dentistry treatments.
There is a high probability of disorders in the temporomandibular joints that cause severe pain in front of your ears or restricted jaw movement. For these reasons, a consultation with a dental professional is important.
Generally, the underlying condition will not improve without management. The likelihood of tooth grinding may actually increase without a formal diagnosis and treatment plan.
If you suspect that you or your child suffers from this dental problem, please consider calling your dentist for a professional evaluation. The longer you wait, the more complicated the condition may become.