Bruxism Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Find out about the bruxism causes, bruxism symptoms, bruxism treatment and more with Bulimba Dental in Brisbane.

Bruxism is a condition where a person suffers from grinding, clenching and gnashing their teeth.  Bruxism can affect you during the day but most often patients who have bruxism do it during their sleep. This is commonly known as sleep bruxism or nocturnal grinding and can affect people without them even having any knowledge of the condition.

Bruxism causes

There are a number of different lifestyle and health contributors that could cause bruxism. Studies suggest that mental health concerns can contribute to the condition. It has been estimated that nearly 70% of bruxism cases are caused by stress, anger and anxiety. Other factors that are thought to link to bruxism causes include:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Missing teeth
  • Abnormal bite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Certain medications
  • Other sleep disorders
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Your mental health, behavioural habits and even your genetics could play a part in your bruxism condition. It is important to know that help is always available to you. During your assessment appointment with Bulimba Dental, we will talk you through the treatment process and work with you to help you minimise the cause behind your condition.

Bruxism symptoms & signs

If you feel that bruxism may be affecting you, here are the symptoms and signs to look out for:

  • Muscle pain
  • Damaged teeth
  • Clenching sounds during the night
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Morning headaches
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Drowsiness
  • Worn teeth
  • Earaches

Although stress and anxiety is primarily a cause, it is also an important symptom of the condition to look out for.  If you feel that your teeth are looking a little damaged, you’re tired when you wake in the morning, you have headaches, earaches, your jaw hurts, or any other of the above symptoms, we would recommend that you book an appointment with a Bulimba Dental dentist here in Brisbane today.

Sleep bruxism: can it be treated?

Mild bruxism cases may not require treatment but it may still be behind some underlying symptoms that you may be exhibiting. Here at Bulimba Dental we provide treatment for patients who suffer from sleep bruxism.

Bruxism treatment from a dentist: bruxism mouth guard

Once we have assessed your condition and determined that sleep bruxism is causing you to grind, clench or gnash your teeth in the night, we will have a bruxism mouth guard custom designed to suit your smile.

Bruxism mouth guard

A bruxism mouth guard is a special mouth guard designed to stop you from clenching your teeth when you sleep. The treatment will work to alleviate the symptoms of the condition. If sleep bruxism is the condition that is causing you to suffer, generally you should start noticing the symptoms ease in the common weeks. Although this treatment does help to ease bruxism symptoms, what is causing the condition requires a more in-depth analysis of your oral health, mental health and lifestyle habits.

How to stop bruxism from destroying your smile

Here at Bulimba Dental in Brisbane, when assessing your smile we will take time to talk you through the different potential underlying causes of bruxism so your treatment will help you keep your beautiful smile for life. Damaging your teeth with sleep bruxism can be a very costly affair in the long run so it is important that you consult with a professional for proper diagnosis as soon as possible.

To find out more about bruxism or to book an appointment with Bulimba Dental in Brisbane, Contact our team today.

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