BRUXISM – YOUR SMILE & YOU
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night while sleeping. Studies show that around 70% of bruxism is associated with stress and anxiety. People under stress will often experience lower back pain, headaches, upset stomach and discomfort, insomnia, and loss of libido. As well, many people resort to grinding and clenching their teeth.
If bruxism occurs, it is habitual and involuntary, where you may be unaware of its occurrence until complications arise. Thus, it is very important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bruxism by having your dentist check your dentition on a regular routine basis.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth, which may be loud enough to awaken you or your partner while sleeping
- The cusps of your teeth are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
- Worn tooth enamel, revealing the yellowish inner dentin layers of your tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Jaw or facial soreness
- Tight jaw muscles
- Pain that mimics an earache
- Headaches originating in the temples region
- Damage from chewing the inside of your cheek
- Indentations on the sides of your tongue
If this condition is diagnosed, we will take a mould of your teeth with impression material and a customized dental night guard will be fabricated. Speak to us about the different types of nightguards we offer. We offer nightguards, as well as appliances for snoring and sleep apnea.
***Attention all full-time University of Toronto Students, your dental plan with Desjardin insurance will cover nightguards. Contact us for more details.***
Severe Grinding or Bruxism Habit
Bruxing can accelerate gum recession, abfraction (groove on neck of the tooth), and attrition.
In order to protect your teeth from bruxism, either an upper or lower nightguard will be made depending on your particular situation