Learn More About Bruxism
Bruxism is the condition of grinding one’s teeth involuntarily — usually during sleep. It can lead to several problems, including tooth wear, headaches, jaw pain, and more. Without management, bruxism can cause serious long-term damage to the teeth and jawbone. That’s why it’s recommended to seek treatment if you think you might have bruxism.
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Bruxism is a condition characterised by the grinding or clenching of teeth. It can occur during the day (awake bruxism) or night (sleep bruxism) and is often related to stress or anxiety. Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related disorder and is usually associated with other sleep problems such as snoring and sleep apnoea.
Bruxism can cause damage to your teeth, dental restorations, or jaw. It can also lead to headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, please see your dentist for an evaluation.
Common Causes of Bruxism
- Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition that affects both children and adults. While it may occur occasionally and not cause any long-term damage, bruxism can be a chronic problem that leads to many dental problems. The actual cause of bruxism is unknown, but it is thought to be due to a combination of physical, psychological, and genetic factors.
- Stress and anxiety are common triggers, and sleep problems like snoring and sleep apnoea may also contribute. In addition, taking certain medicines, including a type of antidepressant known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can also lead to bruxism. And finally, lifestyle factors like smoking, drinking lots of alcohol and caffeine, and taking recreational drugs can increase the risk of developing bruxism.
Dental Services that Can Address Bruxism
Custom mouthguards are individually designed to fit your mouth and are made of thermoplastic polymer, a durable yet flexible material that can protect your teeth from grinding damage. Since they're made specifically for you, custom mouthguards can also help improve your breathing.
Night guards are an excellent way to protect your teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding, as they cushion your teeth and prevent them from grinding together. They are made from comfortable materials that allow you to sleep without feeling bulky.
Your dentist can assess the structure of your jaw to see if any problems could be contributing to your bruxism and work in conjunction with other dental and medical professionals such as a myotherapist. Myotherapy is a kind of massage therapy that focuses on the muscles and joints of
Frequently Asked Questions about Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that involves grinding or clenching your teeth. It can occur during the day or at night, and it may happen often or only occasionally. Many people with bruxism are unaware of it until they develop complications, such as jaw muscle pain or tooth damage. If you are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth at night, look for these signs and symptoms:
- Loud grinding or gnashing of teeth
- Teeth that are fractured, chipped, or loose
- Wearing away of the enamel, exposing deeper layers of the teeth
- Teeth sensitivity or pain
- Tense jaw muscles
- A locked jaw
- Jaw, neck, face, or shoulder pain
- Disruption of sleep
If you think you have bruxism, please get in touch with us. The dentists at AP Dental can examine your mouth for signs of tooth damage and recommend treatments to help protect your teeth from further damage.
While bruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety, it can also result from an underlying medical condition. If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, there are a few things you can do at home to address the problem:
- One option is to try meditation or relaxation exercises. They can help reduce stress and prevent clenching or grinding of the teeth.
- Another option is to perform tongue and jaw muscle exercises. These exercises can help to improve muscle function and reduce bruxism symptoms.
- You can adjust your sleeping position or pillow for additional head and neck support. It can help to alleviate pain and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.
- You can use an ice pack or a hot compress to relieve pain.
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