What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a common problem that has been faced by a number of people irrespective of their knowledge that they are suffering from Bruxism. This is commonly known as grinding of the tooth. The grinding of the teeth or clenching of the teeth is done as a result of anxiety. Some studies have pointed this activity as a habit. Other has yet pointed it out to stomach and digestive disorders. People grind their teeth, for the purpose of which, some of them make use of their incisors teeth yet others make use of their molars. People do it in the day or in the night while sleep; more often than not they do it sub-consciously. The nighttime activity goes un-noticed by the sufferer, and at times it is quite loud that they wake up their sleeping partner.
To appreciate what Bruxism is one must first appreciate the act of chewing. Chewing is a neuro muscular activity. The reflex nerve pathways control it and the higher control lies with the brain. When one is asleep, the brain is also in a state of rest, but the reflexes are the one that is causing this activity.
The result is one ends up with badly bruised teeth, teeth that are chipped off and molar caps that are worn out. These further results in complications, like infections in the teeth and dental wear. The pressure exerted by the teeth during the course of Bruxism is extraordinarily high and often results in headache and pain in the jaws.
Studies have not been able to pin point the cause of Bruxism. Most believe that it is a result of habit or stomach disorders. However many have agreed upon the fact that bruxism has been the result of emotional stress, people who have, teeth that are not aligned properly and people with aggressive personalities.
What are the Signs of Bruxism?
The signs of Bruxism are not easily noticeable. More often than not the signs appear after a few years into the problem. And all these signs needs to be carefully studied after which only a relation ship can be build as to know if a person is suffering from Bruxism or any other common complications of the dentures. You should look out for:
(a) Wear of the tooth.
(b) Breaking of the teeth.
(c) Loose teeth.
(d) The bed partner should notice for any signs of grinding noise.
(e) The patient may suffer from unusual facial muscular pain.
(f) Explained headaches.
(g) Sensitive teeth and cheek irritation.
Can Bruxism be treated?
Yes. All you need is counseling and a proper treatment plan. You can get out of the habit. If it is a disorder, then this can be cured with medication.
If this is not possible, then we would recommend that you wear dental caps during the night. The dental caps are selected after a lot of planning and tests and the pressure that you exert by your jaws. This reduces the stress on your teeth and also reduces the side effects that you will suffer later on.