Bruxism – Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching
Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, is a condition characterized by the involuntary and excessive grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth. It can occur during sleep, but it may also happen during waking hours, and sometimes people may be unaware that they are doing it. Bruxism can affect both adults and children.
Symptoms of Bruxism:
Potential Causes of Bruxism:
Effects of Bruxism on Dental Health:
Bruxism can lead to various dental problems and oral health issues, such as worn-down enamel, cracked teeth, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Therefore, it’s crucial to address bruxism and seek appropriate treatment to prevent further damage.
Treatment Options for Bruxism:
At TLC Dental, we can assess and treat bruxism, most commonly with a splint. In some cases, a referral to a jaw/face pain specialist or a physiotherapist, may be necessary.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is grinding their teeth, it’s essential to consult a dentist or healthcare professional. They can assess the condition, identify potential causes, and recommend the appropriate treatment to prevent further dental complications and improve overall oral health.