A Teeth-Clenching Dilemma
When you find yourself clenching your teeth while sleeping – or even when you are awake – on a regular basis, you may be experiencing a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is the condition of teeth clenching or grinding, oftentimes with the patient not knowing that they are actually doing it. Sleep-related bruxism, or nocturnal bruxism, is more common among patients who have this condition; however, there are some who also clench and grind their teeth during the daytime.
You may be a candidate for bruxism if you experience one or more of the symptoms listed below:
- Teeth-grinding when asleep, loud enough to be noticed by people who are with you in the same room
- Damaged teeth, injured gums and broken dental filling are also symptoms of bruxism; these result from the friction caused by the grinding of teeth against one another
- Rhythmic contractions of the muscles in the jaw are also clear signs of bruxism
- Painful jaw joint, resulting from the regular and uncontrolled clenching of the teeth
- Facial pain, especially in the jaw and lower cheeks area
Bruxism stems from a variety of causes, one of which is stress. Some people unknowingly grind their teeth when they feel tense, or when they are feeling any kind of emotional stress; it is easy for one to resort to clenching or grinding their teeth in response to frustrating or tense moments. Treatments for bruxism patients who fall under the stress-related category may include exercises to relieve emotional tension, as well as behavioral therapy with psychiatrists.
Misaligned Teeth? Bruxism Mouth Guards to the Rescue!
If the bruxism is a result of the teeth being misaligned, your dentist will most likely suggest you to wear a customized bruxism mouth guard. This dentistry bruxism guard will protect your teeth (the enamel, fillings) and your gums from the excessive friction caused by teeth grinding and clenching. Your jaw will also be spared from most of the friction caused by your teeth grinding against one another, resulting in less pain in the jaw joints.
The bruxism guard provided by the dentist is often used during the nighttime only, when teeth clenching is at its most uncontrollable phase. The bruxism mouth guard can protect your teeth, gums and jaw from being exposed to the damaging effects of bruxism. It is important for the bruxism guard to be customized just for you, so it will fit your mouth perfectly – and not add to the discomfort of having to deal with bruxism in the first place.
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