Bruxism – Grinding

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:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth, often loud enough to be heard by a sleep partner.
  • Worn, flattened, or chipped teeth.
  • Increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Jaw pain or soreness, especially in the morning.
  • Headaches or earaches.
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles.
  • Indentations on the tongue’s edges (if it is pressed against the teeth during clenching).

Potential Causes of Bruxism:

  • Stress and anxiety: Bruxism is often linked to emotional stress, tension, or anxiety. It can be a way for some people to cope with their feelings or to release pent-up energy.
  • Bite and jaw misalignment: Issues with the way the upper and lower teeth fit together (malocclusion) or jaw alignment problems can lead to teeth grinding.
  • Sleep disorders: Sleep apnea or other sleep-related disorders can be associated with bruxism.
  • Medications and substances: Certain medications, such as antidepressants, can trigger bruxism. Additionally, excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol may increase the likelihood of teeth grinding.

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.

  • Wearing a mouthguard or splint: These dental devices can protect the teeth from grinding during sleep and alleviate pressure on the jaw muscles.
  • Stress management techniques: Learning stress-reduction techniques can be helpful if stress is a significant factor in bruxism.
  • Correcting dental misalignment: In some cases, orthodontic treatment to improve the bite may be recommended.
  • Medication: Muscle relaxants or medications to manage stress and anxiety may be prescribed in severe cases.
  • Seek Professional Consultation:

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.

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