Many people suffer from tooth grinding, and are often told so by their partner! The most common question people ask is what causes it, what damage can it do and what can be done about it?
Cause of bruxism & tooth grinding
Tooth grinding, also referred to as bruxism, is a very common problem. In fact, most people at some point in their life suffer with it. It is historically a poorly understood subject and there are many different avenues of thought as to the cause. Most recent research and evidence suggests that the neurological pathway for bruxism and teeth grinding is programmed high in the brain and we have no conscious control over it. Dentists have previously thought that it is purely related to stress, genetics and how your teeth meet together, this is not the case. Previous treatment has included braces to move teeth into an “ideal” position, or altering bites in order to make the problem less. All of these treatments have very limited success.
Symptoms of bruxism & tooth grinding
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Breaking of teeth and fillings
- Poor cosmetics and tooth wear
- Loose teeth
- Accelerated jaw joint (TMJ) wear
- Jaw joint pain and limited mouth opening
- Disturbed sleep pattern and fatigue
Many of these problems are related to one another, and if you suffer with this condition then you’ll know exactly how uncomfortable it can be.
Here you can see the potential impact on cosmetics.
Treatment of bruxism & tooth grinding
So whether you suffer from migraine and tension headaches, constantly breaking teeth and fillings call us now on 01302 533635 to find out more.