Bruxism is a condition that sounds simple enough. It is the mostly unconscious grinding of teeth that someone will do. This usually happens when someone is asleep and is referred to as sleep bruxism. It can also happen when they are awake, though it is never a conscious effort. Bruxism affects a large number of people and causes severe harm to the teeth by wearing them out. When the enamel of the teeth is worn out, then they become susce
ptible to sensitivity. Other conditions that may arise as a result of Bruxism are:
- Facial pain.
- Jaw dysfunction disorders.
- Discomfort when moving jaws.
- Persistent headaches.
- Damage of dental fillings.
Symptoms of Bruxism
The symptoms associated with Bruxism include patients being told they are making grinding noises at night, having an occasional swollen lower jaw, experiencing wear of the enamel on teeth, as well as clicking of the jaw joint. One can also experience the conditions that arise from bruxism as symptoms to its presence. These include headaches and facial pain.
Causes of Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that is thought to be caused by various conditions. Anxiety, stress, and unresolved anger are some of those conditions that are manifested through Bruxism when one is sleeping at night. It can also be caused by jaws and teeth that are misaligned causing them to clash. Bruxism is also thought to be caused by certain nerve and muscle conditions, as well as arise as a complication of Parkinson’s disease. It is also a side effect of some depression and anxiety medication.
Treatment Options for Bruxism==
Treatment for this condition is fairly simple. It involves wearing a night guard to prevent movement of the jaws. This can be prescribed by a dentist. Hypnosis is also a treatment option that has been explored with success, as well as the use of electronic devices that alert users when extreme force is being applied on the jaws. This applies to daytime teeth grinders.