Did you know that bruxism is a common problem among dental patients? Many people grind their teeth without even knowing it.
Bruxism is a condition that affects millions of people. While it may not need treatment in some cases, severe bruxism can lead to a lot of problems, so it’s important to get treatment if you think you may have it.
If you’re not sure if you have it, we will discuss the signs and symptoms of bruxism that you need to look out for so that you can get the treatment you need. Keep on reading to learn more!
This type of bruxism causes you to grind your teeth when sleeping, which can be more harmful than awake bruxism. This is because you are not aware that you are doing it and receiving proper treatment may cause a delay, which may result in more serious complications. Another issue with sleep bruxism is that the person has no idea of how hard they are clenching their jaw and teeth. They have the ability to use up to 250 pounds of force, resulting in jaw pain, headaches, and dental problems.
How Do You Know If You Have Bruxism?
It’s an unconscious habit for many people. You may not even be aware that you have it until you experience bruxism symptoms such as waking up with jaw pain or someone noticing that you make a grinding sound while sleeping. For others, the symptoms of bruxism may be less obvious, and a routine dental checkup is when they learn that grinding or clenching has worn away or damaged their tooth enamel.
As we’ve mentioned, clenching and grinding your teeth may occur while you’re sleeping or when you are awake. Research shows that signs of facial pain, headaches, neck pain, and ear pain are self-reported. A dentist can perform an evaluation to have a proper diagnosis and determine whether the source of the facial pain is due to bruxism.
Common signs of bruxism may include the following:
Forceful pressure from tooth grinding may result in tooth damage and other dental problems. Unconsciously, frequent clenching can lead to damage to tooth enamel, exposing the deeper layer of the tooth, known as dentin. This problem can cause increased tooth sensitivity and chipped teeth.
If left untreated, such problems can lead to loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Jaw soreness, neck, and ear pain
Temporomandibular joint disorder
Factors That Can Cause Bruxism
We mentioned earlier that bruxism can lead to dental problems. However, in some cases, having misaligned teeth and teeth can trigger bruxism.
When you have an abnormal bite or crooked teeth, it can cause pain and additional pressure on your jaw joints. In addition, it is also possible that irritation in the mouth contributes to grinding or clenching.
Drinking alcohol, using caffeine, smoking cigarettes, and using recreational drugs may all increase the risk of bruxism.
Other risk factors may include:
Tooth grinding is found to be more common among children.
Family history or genetic factors
If you or someone in your family has a history of teeth grinding or jaw clenching, you are more likely to develop the condition as well.
Other health conditions
Bruxism has been linked to a variety of mental health and medical disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), epilepsy, night terrors, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and sleep-related disorders such as sleep apnea.
Aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive personality types are more likely to experience bruxism than other personality types.
Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
Severe grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Loose teeth can create spaces in the gum lines that may attract bacteria to grow and eventually cause gum recession. Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull back from the tooth surface, exposing the roots. This issue can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Moreover, chronic clenching can wear down your teeth, and dental restorations such as bridges, crowns, implants, root canals, and dentures may be required to restore your damaged teeth.
Severe bruxism can not only result in broken teeth or tooth loss, but it can also negatively impact your jaws, leading to or worsening temporomandibular disorder, affecting your overall appearance and proper function of the jaws.
Is Bruxism Treatable?
Wearing night guards
Orthodontics or restorative treatments
An uneven bite is characterised by teeth that do not fit together well. If the dentist determines that a poor bite is what is causing the bruxism, we may recommend new fillings, crowns, or orthodontics to correct the positions of your teeth.
While bruxism is a common condition, it is critical to understand the causes of the grinding and clenching of your teeth. To do this, consult with a dental professional to help you determine the best course of treatment. By controlling stress, wearing a dentist-recommended appliance, and eliminating abnormalities in your bite, you can lessen the symptoms of bruxism, which typically causes pain or damage to the teeth and jawline.
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