Have you ever woken up with a headache? Have you noticed your jaw clicking when you eat, or felt a twinge of pain in your jaw muscles or temples? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you might be experiencing bruxism.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding and clenching your teeth. It is a very common disorder, more often than not occurring during sleep. As such many people are unaware that they are doing it. Although it is usually at night, bruxism can sometimes occur when a person is stressed or upset, leading to tension in the muscles and therefore clenching or grinding.
Why is teeth grinding bad?
As well as the aforementioned headaches and the jaw tenderness, grinding your teeth can actually physically wear them down. If the problem is not addressed you can slowly but surely take millimetres off your teeth, changing the way your jaw fits together and altering your smile forever. This misalignment of the jaw can go on to cause TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders). TMD causes an ache in the joint of your jaw, on one side or both. The pain is most noticeable when chewing or opening your mouth wide (to yawn for example) and a popping or clicking sound can be heard as the joint becomes displaced from its socket. Needless to say it is very unpleasant and it can last for anything from a few days or weeks to much longer periods of time, and in these extreme cases surgery may be required.
Teeth grinding treatment?
In some cases Bruxism treatments such as equilibration (evening out the surface of your teeth), crowns, veneers or orthodontics may be considered, however by far the quickest and easiest remedy for the symptoms of bruxism is some form of bite guard. We provide a range of bite guards, from small Sleep Clench Inhibitors, which slot over the front teeth, to larger mouth guards that allow the jaw to move freely by levelling and softening the surface between your teeth. Here at Kissdental we offer all kinds of solutions to ease your discomfort, each one specifically tailored to your individual needs.
The main piece of advice we can offer to anybody that suspects they may be suffering from bruxism is not to ignore it. With so many varied solutions and treatments on offer there is absolutely no reason to put it off. Ignoring mild symptoms such as morning headaches or a tender jaw can only lead to more severe problems later on. Get in touch today to make an appointment and we’ll have you sleeping soundly in no time.