What is Bruxism?
Do you wake up in the morning and feel that your jaws are sore or there is tension in your neck and shoulders? Perhaps you are constantly suffering from headaches, that begins in the vicinity of your temples. These symptoms are common in people with night grinding and tightening of the daily jaw, or Bruxism and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD). Fortunately, treatments for these incest issues are generally non-invasive, inexpensive, and easily accessible to your dentist’s office.
What causes jaw clenching and grinding of the teeth?
There are many reasons for teeth grinding, or grinding in the unconscious behavior of teeth. Malocclusion, or an unfair bite, is a major factor, daily stress may be also a reason for night grinding of the teeth. When you sleep at night, your jaw muscles do not stop their work, they continue their work even in the night. This overworking of the muscles results in teeth grinding.
For many people, the primary complaint related to TMJ disorders is headache pain, which interferes with daily functioning. The temporomandibular joint is the delicate joint, attaches your lower jaw to your cranium. It can be irritated continuously and results in swelling, causing nerve pain, which can spread to your upper part too. This can lead to problems of trouble which further increases the issue. In the case of grinding teeth, the patient is generally unaware that his/her jaws are putting excessive pressure on the teeth throughout the night. Bruxism can cause fracture and enamel loss from the occlusal surface of the tooth, which can result in a serious problem If no treatment is done at the time.
Bruxism or TMJ disorder treatment
In most cases, special oral appliance knows as night guard is advised to prevent damage to the teeth. The damage is caused by the clenching and grinding of teeth. This oral device fits comfortably in your mouth as you sleep, the condition of the jaw helps to the position of jaw properly, so that the muscles are not unnecessarily stressful. The patients who have been clenching their jaws for many years are surprised to see that they feel relieved of their troubles in one or two nights with their new equipment.
If you think that someone or someone in your family is suffering from the bad effects of TMJ disorder or Bruxism, ask your dentist about a custom oral device. They can get relief by using this device.