Teeth grinding and clenching also known as Bruxism generally occurs during sleep and can often go undetected. Often a partner or family member is first to notice the sufferers condition due to a constant grinding throughout the night.


Bruxism is generally caused by psychological stress, anxiety and tension in your waking life.


Symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding can include:

  • Aching jaws and teeth, during waking hours
  • Trouble chewing on food, during waking hours
  • Tension headaches and stress in the temple region
  • Jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain
  • Worn tooth surfaces
  • Broken or chipped teeth

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bruxism

A large number of people today suffer from a condition called Bruxism. It is also known as teeth grinding and is a condition which can cause problems for people if it is not taken care of in the early stages. It can be hard to determine whether or not you suffer from Bruxism, since people tend to do this in their sleep, and it can turn into a nasty habit in some adults and young children. Teeth grinding can cause the teeth to wear down, get damaged and become weak. It can also cause permanent damage to the jawbone and excessive teeth grinding can cause major dental problems.

One of the most commonly asked questions about this dental problem is exactly how is bruxism caused? Well, for the most part, the causes of teeth grinding are still being studied and it is generally seen as a subconscious habit of people who grind their teeth usually in their sleep. However, here are some of the factors which can lead to bruxism today:

  • Psychological stress
  • Sleeping disorder
  • Physical stress
  • Abnormal anatomy of the teeth

It is important to note the common signs and symptoms of bruxism, simply due to the fact that you can subconsciously grind your teeth in your sleep and never even find out about this disorder. Here are some of the most important signs of Bruxism that you need to look out for:


  • Chronic facial pain
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Micro fractures of the tooth enamel
  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint muscles
  • Pain or carache in the jaw joint
  • Flattened or worned out tooth surface


It is not necessary that you notice all these signs, since every person has got a different teeth structure and sometimes people who are in the habit of clenching their teeth often make the mistake of believing that they have bruxism, when in fact they don’t have any such thing. It is therefore important to visit the dentist if you are ever in doubt.

In order to get treated for teeth grinding today, you need to understand the exact treatment process properly. You will have to discuss your treatment with your dentist and find out the various treatments in order to get relief from this condition. You should disclose the following information to your dentist before getting treatment:

  • Any allergies or reactions to antibiotics
  • Psychiatric illness or psychological distress
  • Previous treatments of bruxism

It is important to tell all this to your dentist, since then you can be diagnosed properly. The dentist has to diagnose your condition properly before any treatment can begin and here are some of the things the dentist will make a note of:

  • Range of jaw movement
  • Noises in jaw joints
  • Location of stiffness, pain and soreness
  • X-ray examination
  • Teeth wear and tear

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