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Teeth Grinding

teeth-grinding

teeth-grindingOtherwise known as Bruxism, it is the habit of grinding or clenching the teeth.  Many people with bruxism wake themselves up in the middle of the night with a loud clenching or grinding sound. For other people, Bruxism can be silent.

People who suffer from Bruxism may have the following symptoms.

• Headache
• Sore jaw
• Frequent toothaches
• Facial pain
• Worn or cracked teeth or fillings
• Loose teeth
• Earache
• Insomnia

Bruxism can be caused from stress, sleep disorders and abnormal bite.  The dentist can diagnose bruxism by looking at usual wear spots on your teeth and assessing related symptoms.

Bruxism is treated based on the individual’s situation.  The dentist may recommend one or more treatments, such as:

• A stress reduction
• A protective “night guard” worn over the teeth while sleeping
• Medication for pain or muscle spasms
• Fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth