Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding
Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding is a condition in which you subconsciously keep grinding your teeth against each other. Some people clench their teeth while sleeping, some do it while awake, and some do it all the time.
Most people clench their teeth occasionally because of stress, anger, and other such reasons. However, bruxism is a condition in which you keep clenching your teeth all the time without being aware of it. This is a fairly harmful condition because it can lead to issues like TMD, headaches, erosion of your enamel, damage to teeth, and others.
At Yorktown Dental Spa, our dentists carefully examine your symptoms and provide mouthguards to protect you from the adverse effects of teeth grinding. We also identify the root cause of bruxism and treat it using a variety of methods. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of bruxism and teeth grinding at Yorktown Dental Spa.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Bruxism and teeth grinding is a condition in which you subconsciously clench your teeth all the time. You do it so often that you’re no longer even aware of it. In most cases, people only find out that they suffer from teeth grinding after their sleep partner mentions that they keep grinding their teeth (which is fairly audible) or after a dental checkup when the dentist notices the signs of teeth grinding
The following are some signs and symptoms of bruxism:
- Constantly clenching and gnashing your teeth.
- Grinding your teeth even while you sleep.
- Cracks and fractures in the teeth.
- The gradual erosion of the enamel from your teeth.
- Sore facial muscles.
- Waking up with tightened jaws.
- Insomnia caused by nocturnal teeth grinding.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Bruxism and teeth grinding can be caused by a variety of psychological and physiological reasons. That’s why it’s so hard to identify exactly why you’re grinding your teeth and to stop it. A dentist will generally have to observe you for a long period to pinpoint the actual cause of teeth grinding. The following are some of the most common reasons for teeth grinding.
- Age: Young children often grind and clench their teeth but it generally passes with age.
- Psychological Factors: Extreme stress, anxiety, and anger issues can lead to bruxism. If you’re generally anxious or frustrated, you may not even realize that you’re clenching your teeth.
- Medications: Some psychiatric medications and drugs come with side effects, including teeth grinding.
- Substance Problem: People who consume excessive tobacco or drugs are also likely to suffer from bruxism.
- Genetics: You may also suffer from nocturnal teeth grinding if someone in your family suffers from it.
- Medical Conditions: Teeth grinding is also a side effect of various other medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and sleep apnea.
Consequences of Teeth Grinding
If allowed to persist, teeth grinding and bruxism can cause immense damage to your dental framework and they can lead to severe consequences.
- Temporomandibular Joints Disorder (TMD): The temporomandibular joints located on either side of the head connect your jaws to the rest of the face. TMD is a condition in which these joints malfunction, leading to jaw pain, headaches, earaches, swellings, and other such issues.
- Dental Injury: The constant pressure exerted on your teeth due to clenching and grinding can harm your dental framework leading to chipped teeth and eroded enamel.
- Insomnia: Persistent nocturnal teeth grinding prevents you from sleeping soundly and even leads to the inability to sleep.
Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding Treatment
You should go to your dentist the moment you detect that you may be suffering from teeth grinding. Your dentist will try to identify the root cause of teeth grinding over several sessions by examining your symptoms, asking pertinent questions, and studying your medical history. The following are some of the possible treatments for teeth grinding or its symptoms.
Mouth Guard for Grinding
Mouthguards are dental appliances that you wear on your teeth to minimize the adverse impact of bruxism and teeth grinding. It doesn’t treat teeth grinding but it does protect your jaws and teeth by forming a cushion between your teeth to minimize the impact.
Bruxism leads to chipped teeth, cracked between your teeth, and other forms of dental injury. The dentist may use dental fillings, onlay, or dental crowns to fix some of the damage caused by bruxism.
If the dentist finds that your teeth grinding is caused by psychological factors, they may refer you to a behavioral therapist. Some of the psychological treatments for bruxism include stress management, biofeedback, and behavioral changes.
While medication isn’t a long-term solution for teeth grinding, it can relax your muscles momentarily and provide temporary relief from bruxism.
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Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding Q&A
How to treat TMJ?
TMJ can only be treated after diagnosing the root cause of TMD and then treating it with a combination of medications and psychological intervention.
How to cure myself of sleep bruxism?
You can minimize the damage caused by sleep bruxism by wearing a mouthguard for grinding. You can also control sleep bruxism by engaging in relaxation exercises and following some stress-relief techniques. However, the ideal solution is to consult a dentist.
Do I really need a night guard for bruxism?
Night Guards for bruxism don’t cure TMD or bruxism but they offer protection and relief. They’re soft appliances that prevent your upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other. This offers some much-needed protection from lasting damage.
Schedule your Bruxism/ Teeth Grinding Appointment
At Yorktown Dental Spa, our dentists check for signs of teeth grinding and bruxism during your regular dental cleaning sessions. If you do have signs of bruxism, we identify the root cause and offer long-term treatment solutions. For more information, please schedule your bruxism appointment today.