Bruxism

Bruxism is another way of describing teeth clenching and grinding. Our partners may be aware of the problem before us as it can be loud enough to keep them awake at night!

Lady sleeping and grinding teeth - Brentwood Dental

Symptoms of Bruxism

There are a number of signs and symptoms that might suggest bruxism even if you’re not aware of clenching or grinding when you’re awake.
  • Tooth wear or cracks
  • Broken fillings or crowns
  • Muscle soreness; especially in the morning
  • Headaches; may feel localized in front of the ear
  • Aching teeth when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
Bruxism Teeth - Brentwood Dental

Left untreated it can have a significant effect and result in root canals and full mouth crowns to restore your smile. Bruxism is best managed early with a nightguard or acrylic splint which helps to protect your teeth during the periods when you’re grinding the most. Mindfulness can also be helpful if your bruxism is associated with stress during the day even as a mental nudge to unclench your teeth!

In some instances bruxism may be the result of TMJ Disorder and may require a referral to a specialist for further management and possibly surgery.

If you are currently suffering from pain associated with bruxism you may find relief from:

  • Applying a warm/cold compress
  • Gently massaging in front of the ear towards the lower border of your jaw
  • Analgesics
  • Avoiding hard & chewy foods