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Bruxism is a medical condition characterised by the involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing of teeth, typically occurring during sleep (known as sleep bruxism) or sometimes during wakefulness (awake bruxism).

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What to expect

Bruxism, which involves the continuous grinding and clenching of teeth, can indeed lead to dental problems like tooth wear, fractures, and even tooth loss. It can also strain the jaw joint and related muscles, potentially causing temporomandibular joint disorders with symptoms like pain and limited jaw movement.

Here are some key points to understand about bruxism:

  1. Sleep and Awake Bruxism: There are two main types of bruxism. Sleep bruxism occurs during periods of sleep, often without the person being aware of it. Awake bruxism, on the other hand, happens when a person is awake and can be more noticeable.

  2. Causes: The exact cause of bruxism is not always clear, but it can be related to several factors, including stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth or jaws, and certain medical conditions. In some cases, it may be a side effect of medications.

  3. Symptoms: Bruxism can lead to a range of symptoms and consequences, including:

    • Grinding or clenching of teeth, often with an audible sound.

    • Worn-down, chipped, or fractured teeth.

    • Increased tooth sensitivity.

    • Jaw pain or soreness, which can extend to the face and neck.

    • Headaches, especially in the morning.

    • Disrupted sleep patterns, including the awakening of the person or their sleep partner due to the noise.

  4. Dental Damage: Bruxism can cause significant dental problems over time, such as tooth enamel erosion, tooth loss, and damage to dental restorations like crowns and fillings.

  5. Treatment: Treatment for bruxism depends on its severity and underlying causes. Common approaches include:

    • Wearing a custom-made dental splint or mouthguard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.

    • Stress management techniques, especially for those whose bruxism is stress-related.

    • Behavioural therapies to help individuals become aware of and control their teeth grinding habits.

    • In some cases, Botox injections may be recommended but would need an in depth consultation with a medical/ healthcare professional in the clinic to ensure suitability.

Bruxism is a medical condition that can have detrimental effects on oral health and overall well-being. If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from bruxism, it's important to seek evaluation and guidance from a healthcare provider to determine the appropriate treatment and preventive measures.

Teeth Grinding/ Bruxism Treatment

Teeth Grinding/ Bruxism Treatment

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