What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and at inappropriate times. Bruxers (persons with bruxism) are often unaware that they have developed this habit, and often do not know that treatment is available until damage to the mouth and teeth has been done. Damage caused by bruxism often includes the
following symptoms. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Many people who clench also grind their teeth. Grinding is when you slide your teeth over each other, generally in a sideways, back-and-forth movement. This action may wear down your teeth and be noisy enough at night to bother sleeping partners. Like clenching, grinding can lead to jaw pain and other problems.
Bruxism is due to clenching of the teeth other than in chewing and is associated with forceful lateral or protrusive jaw movements. This results in grinding or rubbing the teeth together. Children with bruxism usually stop grinding their teeth before adulthood. However, bruxism can affect adults for an indefinite period of time. Adults with bruxism have increased occurrence of grinding during times of job, family, or health stress.
Bruxism usually occurs during sleep. It is sometimes done to such an excess that it damages the occlusal surfaces of the teeth, particularly the molar teeth, and may contribute to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Bruxism can be mild and occasional or frequent and violent. Some people with bruxism clench their teeth regularly. Others go days or weeks without doing so. The condition is the third most common form of sleep disorder, after sleep talking and snoring. Research indicates that people who brux are more likely to snore, have pauses in breathing during sleep and develop sleep apnea.
More information on bruxism
What is bruxism? - Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth. Bruxism is due to clenching of the teeth.
What causes bruxism? - The cause of bruxism is not completely agreed upon, but daily stress may be the trigger in many people.
What're the symptoms of bruxism? - Symptoms of bruxism include dull headaches, sore and tired facial muscles, earaches, sensitive teeth, and locking, popping, and clicking of the jaw.
How is bruxism diagnosed? - During regular visits to the dentist, the teeth are examined for evidence of bruxism, often indicated by the tips of the teeth appearing flat.
What's the treatment for bruxism? - The goal of treatment is to prevent permanent damage to your teeth and reduce pain caused by bruxism. Treatment for bruxism varies depending on the cause.