Bruxism: Risk Factors, Types, Symptoms, And Treatment

Bruxism is an unconscious teeth-grinding condition that causes you no ill but the wreckage of teeth, headaches, and oral health detriments if it happens regularly. Gender has no role in bruxism, but it can be genetic. You can develop bruxism if you are overly competitive, stressed, anxious, frustrated, angry, or in pain. The odds of getting bruxism are higher in children than in adults, but the state tends to disappear as children age. Some drugs such as antidepressants, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine contribute to this state. Our dentist will examine you and let you know what has exposed you to bruxism.


There are two classifications of bruxism— awake or sleep bruxism. Awake bruxism has links to deep concentration or emotion control issues. You are likely to notice and stop it. With proper stress management techniques, the recurrence of awake bruxism reduces. You might, alternatively, experience sleep bruxism which is the grinding of teeth while asleep, and you may be unaware of it and how much force you are using. Sleep bruxism is more catastrophic, but our expert will give you the tools to manage it.


You may experience tension-like headaches, facial pain, earaches, and a painful neck. Your jaw might lock, click, dislocate, or hurt from soreness. Your teeth may fracture, wear, or come out, which pains or increases tooth sensitivity. If treatment is delayed, you may require a tooth canal, new crowns, implants, bridges, or dentures. The inside of your cheek may experience some bruising, and the quality of your sleep may take a hit. At our offices, you'll learn how to manage bruxism symptoms under the guidance of our dentist.


The use of a mouthguard/mouth splint is necessary to save your teeth from the extra force. If required, you may need to take medication to regulate your neurotransmitters. Visit our offices to get help understanding and treating your bruxism for a better day and deeper sleep.

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