Have you ever heard that you grind your teeth? Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is an oral habit that involves clenching and grinding of the teeth. It is not uncommon in our society. Approximately 50% to 96% of adults experience bruxism. And 15% of children acquire this behavior from their parents. Tooth grinding can occur during the day or night and often goes unnoticed by the person.
What Causes Bruxism?
This condition has no specific cause. It is believed, however, to be more prevalent in:
- People with emotionally stressed personalities. The personalities commonly associated with bruxism are characterized as being aggressive, controlling, precise, or having time urgency and achievement compulsion. Often times, the habit can result in bruxism malocclusion in which teeth are not aligned properly. This can lead to additional dental issues.
- Children whose parents brux. Studies show that children who parents brux are more likely to develop the habit than children whose parents do not brux.
Signs of Bruxism:
- tooth wear
- fractures of the teeth and fillings
- grinding noise noticed by a sleeping partner
- facial muscle pain and fatigue
- locking, cracking, and clicking of the jaws
- tooth mobility
- sensitive teeth
Treatment of Bruxism:
- We can make you aware of the habit and suggest behavioral therapies to stop the bruxism. Stress reduction and coping techniques can also be initiated to reduce any emotional stress you may be experiencing.
- We can create a removable intra-oral appliance for you called a nightguard or bruxism splint. The appliance protects your teeth from the forces of clenching and grinding your teeth together. A nightguard is more practical for treating the night bruxer than for those who have daytime clenching and grinding habits.
For excessive damage, Carolina Center for Comprehensive Dentistry offers a full range of dental procedures to help you get the smile you have always wanted. Learn more about our restorative dentistry services or our cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Jeff Lineberry is also trained in full mouth restorations.