Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a rather common condition among both children and adults.
Although many of the people who suffer from it are unaware of their condition, it should be treated as soon as possible as it can cause serious damage to their teeth and jaw.
Sufferers often grind their teeth in their sleep – this puts pressure on facial muscles and can result in jaw pain, headaches, earaches and damaged teeth.
If the condition remains untreated for a long time, teeth may get chipped or be reduced and gums may start receding, leading to tooth loss.
Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism include:
- sensitive teeth
- sore facial muscle
- clicking and popping of the jaw
Judging whether somebody has bruxism can be hard without a dental check-up for proof.
Dentists can spot the signs of bruxism, including tiny fractures in the tooth enamel and badly worn teeth. Even though the condition is very hard to cure in adults, sufferers should still seek treatment to minimise the damage to their teeth and jaw.
One of the most effective solutions is having a custom occlusal guard made, to be worn whilst asleep. It protects the surface of the teeth and reduces the pressure on the jaw tissue and bone.
However, it is possible to treat bruxism by altering one’s bite, too. If there are specific high points in the upper and lower teeth, or if there are teeth that do not fit together well, reconstructive treatment may be recommended, World Dental reports.