Dental Bruxism is the medical term used to describe habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth and jaw. Did you know that 1 in 3 people grind their teeth?
This can cause stiff or fatigued jaw muscles when you wake in the morning which may result in -
Pain in the teeth and sensitivity to heat and cold
Chronic facial pain with tension headaches and migraines, as well as ear aches
Worn down or flattened tooth surfaces
Micro-fractures of the tooth enamel
Broken or chipped teeth
Stiffness and pain in the jaw joint muscles; this can cause restricted opening of the mouth and difficulty in chewing.
Most people are unaware that apart from normal chewing, their top and bottom teeth should not touch. If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or to refer you to a specialist if necessary. Treatment can include the following:
1)Impressions of your teeth are taken and used to create a customised plastic appliance that fits over your teeth and is worn at night.
2) When the device is worn, your teeth are in a position where your facial muscles are relaxed, preventing grinding and taking the pressure off your TMJ.
3) The device also protects the teeth, preventing them from becoming worn down by grinding.
Bruxism is thought to be caused by a combination of physical and psychological factors which may include:
Psychological stress, anxiety and tension in adults and children
Physical stress such as illness, nutritional deficiencies or dehydration, particularly in children
Night time bruxism is considered a sleep disorder
Excessive clenching and grinding is not healthy and over a period of time can cause damage to your existing natural teeth and dental work such as crowns, veneers, fillings and implants. The most important thing to do is to see your dentist as soon as possible so that your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.
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