What is Bruxism?
Grinding or clenching one’s teeth in a manner that is not generally performed during chewing is known as bruxism. It can cause the teeth to become worn down and may also cause harm to the jaw joints and the teeth themselves.
Bruxism can manifest itself either during the day or at night while the person is asleep. When a person grinds their teeth while sleeping, they do not have conscious control over their behaviors.
There are a lot of people who don’t realize that they grind their teeth when they sleep unless either their partner tells them or they start to experience symptoms of it.
What are the Symptoms and Signs?
Some signs and symptoms of grinding your teeth are:
1. Teeth that are broken, damaged, or loose.
2. A throbbing headache, aching jaws, and earache.
3. Teeth pain and facial and temple stiffness, especially in the morning after awakening.
4. The joints of the jaw feel sore while eating.
5. Generalized tooth sensitivity.
6. Vigorous jaw clenching.
7. Multiple shattered or fractured fillings
8. Dental mobility
9. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
If you have any of these signs or symptoms, you should see a dentist who can check you out and give you any treatment you may need.
What are the Risk Factors?
Both physical and psychological sources of stress have been linked to tooth grinding
1. Tension and anxiety
3. Smoking \Caffeine
5. Obstructive sleep apnoea
6. Antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs), antipsychotics, amphetamines (methamphetamine,
MDMA), cocaine, and other drugs.
If emotional concerns are the cause of your teeth grinding, it is crucial to address them.
Diagnosis of Bruxism
During routine dental exams, your dentist will likely look for evidence of teeth grinding.
If you exhibit any symptoms, your dentist will examine your teeth and mouth over the course
of several appointments to assess whether the condition is advancing and whether you
Grinding your teeth is a frequent ailment that can be caused by a wide variety of factors. It is crucial to treat it as soon as possible in order to avoid serious dental issues. The condition can be diagnosed and treated more effectively with the help of your dentist. Visit a dentist if you are aware that you grind your teeth, or if you feel that grinding your teeth could be the cause of pain or other symptoms you are experiencing.
It is possible that your dentist will suggest that you contact your primary care physician in order to receive treatment for an underlying condition. This will depend on the suspected causes. But if you think you need a dentist right away, please feel free to connect with us at Prodental! Only a ring away @ 9639 9555