Dental Bruxism also known as the teeth grinding syndrome, is a bad habit in which a person gnash, clench and grind their teeth. People who have bruxism, they will clench their teeth unconsciously mostly first thing in the morning (awake bruxism) or grind and clench their teeth during sleep, known as (sleep bruxism). It is considered a sleep-related disorder that can damage you’re teeth. People with dental Bruxism tend to grind and clench their teeth (brux) while asleep and are more likely to have other sleep related disorders, like pauses in breathing also known as sleep apnea and snoring.
However, mild bruxism may not require intense treatment. But, in some cases, it can be frequent and even severe enough that it can lead to jaw disorders, damaged teeth headaches and other problems. Most people are unaware of their sleep bruxism until they face complications. So, it is really important to know and recognize the symptoms and signs of sleep bruxism and seek frequent dental care to ensure everything is normal.
Symptoms and signs of sleep bruxism may include:
- Teeth or clenching, grinding may be loud enough to disturb your sleep partner
- Teeth that are fractured, flattened loose or chipped
- Worn tooth will exposing deeper layers and will cause severe pain
- Increased sensitivity/ tooth ache
- Tight or tired jaw muscles/ locked jaw that won’t completely open or close
- Neck, face or jaw pain and soreness
- It can cause pain that feels like an earache
- Headache that will start from the temples
- Inside of the chewing getting damaged because of intense chewing
- Sleep disruption
This is a bad habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, either while we are awake or when we sleep. The problem is that it occurs unconsciously and each person can make this tightening intensity and duration different. With this the teeth are progressively destroyed, the muscles are forced more and also the jaw joint suffers. All this can produce pain that is reflected in the face, head and even ear, and can lead to serious problems throughout the masticatory system. An agreement on the exact cause of bruxism has not yet been reached, but stress can be the trigger in many people and it is understood that it is directed by the Central Nervous System.
How is bruxism treated?
Proper treatment will depend on knowing what is causing the problem. Your dentist will determine the potential cause of bruxism and according to dental damage and the cause, you may suggest using an OCLUSAL FERULA, which is made with exact fit to your mouth. Although OCLUSAL FERULA is an excellent way to control the damage of bruxism, it does not solve the problem. It is necessary to implement different types of therapy to relieve pain and reduce the level of stress.