Many people habitually grind and clench their teeth even while sleeping. They may not even realize they’re doing it. This tooth grinding called Bruxism can have debilitating effects. The constant heavy forces of the jaw movement can cause teeth to wear away flatten crack or chip. In extreme cases, you may lose a tooth altogether. Severe Bruxism can even damage dental restorations causing crowns or fillings to wear down or break. If the wear exposes the tooth inner layer called Denton, you could develop painful sensitivity to hot cold or sweet foods.
Bruxism can also damage the jaw joints or cause painful muscle symptoms. This condition is called temporal mandible or disorder. Symptoms can be severe and include a constant dull headache generalized facial pain ear aches and jaw pain. Sometimes Bruxism can be painless and you may only notice that your teeth are wearing and chipping. Though all of the causes aren’t yet known. Bruxism could be a symptom of teeth or Jaws being out of alignment missing or crooked teeth could also be factors. We’ll do a thorough evaluation and discuss the best options for you to ease backswing while you sleep.
Night guards are highly recommend as some cushion of full arch of teeth while others fear just your front teeth to prevent clenching. Stress might also contribute to Bruxism. Adopt stress reduction techniques such as counseling sessions, nutritional guidance, exercise, massage therapy or medication if left untreated. Bruxism can lead to depression eating disorders, headaches and increased damage to teeth and jaw joints. It’s important to treat Bruxism early so you’ll have a better chance of keeping your smile for a lifetime.
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Jaw pain on waking
- Locked jaw on waking
- Tension/migraine headache on waking
- Poor quality sleep
- Day time sleepiness or unproductivity.
- Worn teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Premature breakage of filings
- Cracked roots of teeth
- Accelerated periodontal bone loss
- Teeth sensitive to temperatures.
- Deformation of the jaw bones
Bruxism treatment and Prevention.
Studies reveal that one out of three Americans grind their teeth either during day time or when asleep. These leads to the two types of Bruxism, Awake Bruxism and Sleep Bruxism. In both, the symptoms are basically similar, grinding and clenching the teeth either when awake or when asleep.
There is no known cure for Bruxism but the effects can be mitigated by adopting several methods. First, get a fitting Mouth Guard. Cognitive behavioral therapy is another way that can help stop teeth grinding. Stress is also a huge contributor to Bruxism. Make sure you avoid stressful events and live a positive life to cope with stress.
Always include Vitamin C in your diet. Magnesium also helps in the strengthening of your tooth muscles. B-Complex Vitamins plays a major role in the treatment of Bruxism. Also if possible use Valerian roots as it helps you relax therefore mitigating grinding teeth at night.