What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the term used to describe the clenching or grinding of teeth and is not a normal chewing movement. Bruxism can lead to aggressive wear on the teeth and may cause damage to the teeth and the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints). This is not a healthy, normal action and clenching and grinding may occur during the day or at night. More often than not, you will have no conscious control over bruxism, particularly when it occurs during your sleep.
What Causes Bruxism?
The causes of bruxism are still not very clear but this action has strong links to factors such as Psychological stress, anxiety, abnormal occlusion of the teeth such as ʻhigh spotsʼ on fillings and temporomandibular joint abnormalities. The symptoms and signs of bruxism may vary according to the frequency, duration and strength of the clenching and grinding, like pain and sensitivity to hot and cold, or noise that is noticed by a partner and which occurs as the teeth are ground together. Other signs include chronic facial pain and tension headaches, worn and chipped teeth surfaces, stiffness and pain in the jaw joint that causes limited opening and makes chewing difficult.
If you experience any of these symptoms, then please come to see us here at Smile Craft Dental. We can quickly diagnose the problem and can offer you appropriate treatment. The sooner you seek help, the sooner we can prevent any further damage to your teeth and jaws.
Treatment options may include:
- Painkillers and muscle relaxant medication to help relax the jaw muscles
- A specialised splint to relieve symptoms and prevent further damage
- Teeth may need to be adjusted to improve bite.
- Your bite might need to be rebuilt to help replace lost or worn tooth height and to prevent further damage
- Sometimes you may need to be referred to a medical practitioner or specialist.
- We may also recommend counselling and stress management for stress-related causes of bruxism.
If you would like to know more about this condition, please contact us for further information.
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