If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism). Mild bruxism may not require treatment; however, it can be serious as prolonged bruxism causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw and headache.
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
See your dentist or doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed above or have other concerns about your teeth or jaw. If you notice that your child is grinding his or her teeth — or has other signs or symptoms of bruxism — be sure to mention it at your child’s next dental appointment.
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea.
These factors increase your risk of bruxism:
The treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:
If you are suffering from bruxism, chat to your dentist about it. You can also make an appointment online or call any of our Lumino practices.