What is bruxism?
Bruxism is an oral disorder that occurs when a person involuntarily clenches or grinds their teeth together, usually during sleep. It also involves unconscious, repetitive masticatory muscle activity in the form of tightening (or clenching) the muscles of mastication in the jaw and grinding the teeth. In addition, your teeth wear out faster and damage occurs to fillings, crowns and implants.
Causes of teeth grinding
There are many causes of bruxism. But it is often triggered by stress and anxiety, but also can be triggered by certain medications like antidepressants or even misaligned teeth. It is further related to jaw clenching, which is where you clamp your teeth hard together, but don’t actually grind. It may occur either during the day or during sleep. However, it most commonly occurs at night while sleeping. For example, by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many people who grind their teeth at night do not realize they are doing it until they experience the pain associated with the condition. This is why it is important to note any symptoms associated with teeth grinding in order to seek treatment before further damage is done.
Common symptoms of teeth grinding
The primary symptom of teeth grinding is a sore jaw upon waking up in the morning due to clenching and gnashing of the teeth throughout the night. Other common signs include headaches, earaches or neck pain caused by tension in the jaw muscles as well as increased tooth sensitivity due to enamel being worn down from excessive grinding. Some people may even find that their partner wakes up when they begin grinding their teeth due to its loud noise! This is called sleep bruxism. Other risk factors include sleep problems and stress management. Furthermore, if you have a family history of teeth grinding, you may face a higher risk.
What happens when you grind your teeth?
When you grind your teeth, you are putting a lot of pressure on them which can cause chips and cracks in the tooth enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to bacteria, decay and other oral health problems. Grinding your teeth can also lead to tension headaches, jaw pain and a decrease in overall dental health. It is important to seek treatment if you suspect you may have bruxism.
Teeth grinding can have a negative impact on your existing dentistry work. Fillings, bridges and implants can wear out, crack or lose their effectiveness in the mouth. In fact, teeth grinding is a common cause of dental implant failure.
What are the long-term side effects of teeth grinding?
The long-term effects of teeth grinding can be extensive and potentially detrimental to one's overall oral health. In extreme cases of prolonged teeth grinding, the enamel on the teeth can erode away and cause permanent damage to the tooth structure. This can cause tooth sensitivity and exposed dentin, which in severe cases can lead to loss of teeth.
Disorders that occur in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), located just in front of your ears, which may sound like clicking when you open and close your mouth.