What is it?
Have you ever been awakened yourself in the middle of the night with a loud clenching or grinding sound? If so, you may want to speak with your dentist regarding a condition called bruxism.
Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Clenching means you tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together. Grinding occurs when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other.
There are a few symptoms that are characteristic of bruxism. People who suffer from bruxism may or may not experience the following:
How do you develop bruxism?
Bruxism can develop at any age. Although the causes of bruxism are not certain, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite and crooked or missing teeth may be responsible.
Diagnosis and Treatment:
Your dentist can diagnose bruxism by looking for unusual wear spots on your teeth. Regular dental checkups are important to detect damage in the early stages.
Your dentist can treat irregular wear on teeth and facial pain that may result from bruxism. Advice on Relaxation techniques for stress as well as custom made Night Guards may be necessary to prevent grinding and clenching.
If not treated it can result in an abnormal bite that may also require further treatment to reshape and reconstruct the biting surfaces with inlays or crowns.
If you wish to check whether you have bruxism and whether you require treatment for the same, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Rafia Mustafa for a consultation who would be happy to assist you in preventing this very common problem.