Do you grind your teeth?
#1. What is Bruxism?
Do you wake up with a sore jaw or headache? Do you find yourself clenching your teeth together? “Bruxism” is a condition of grinding or clenching the teeth. It is very popular in modern population because of amount of stress. However, you may not realize until you experience discomfort.
You may be unaware you habits because you may do it while you sleep. Bruxism often occurs in the early part of the night. Dental professional may recognize your Bruxism with unusual wear spots on your teeth.
#2. What could Bruxism cause?
Bruxism does not only cause headaches or pain. It could break your teeth and could damage your jaw-joint (Temporomandibular joints or TMJ). If you are mid age person, you may have experienced a short but sharp pain from your back molar when you bite something. It may indicate your teeth have crack lines. As the tooth enamel, outmost area, is worn down, dentin, the inner structure, may be exposed. It causes sensitivity to hot and/or cold.
#3. When does Bruxism occur?
Bruxism could develop at any age. Although it is not well known, many factors contribute like Pain from colds, ear/nose infections, allergies, STRESS, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and/or crooked or missing teeth.
#4. How to find if I have Bruxism?
You may notice you are grinding or clenching. Your partner often notices because Bruxism is quite audible. Dental professional easily recognize your Bruxism with unusual wear spots on your teeth during your dental visit.
#5. how to treat Bruxism?
Based on your symptom and diagnosis, one or more treatment may be recommended. A nightguard could be worn at night. Custom-made nightguard to fit your teeth could protect your teeth and joints. If stress is a major cause of Bruxism, relaxation could help like reading a book, listening to music, small talking, or a warm bath. Applying warm compress around jaw and face of pain may help relax muscles. Counseling could help to control your stress as well.
Sometimes, bite adjustments could help if you have an abnormal bite. For serious cases, you may need reshaping or reconstructing the bite surfaces with crowns.