Excessive teeth grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaws is also called Bruxism. Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasionally, teeth grinding does not harm teeth but regular basis teeth grinding damages teeth and also causes other oral health complications.
® Causes of teeth grinding: -
Abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth
Sleep disorder such as sleep apnea
® Do I grind my teeth?
Teeth grinding usually occur at night, most of the people are unaware of their teeth grinding habit. However dull mood, headache, constant jaws pain, wearing of teeth and sounds during opening and closing of mouth is telltale symptoms of teeth grinding and sometimes many people learn it from their partner about teeth grinding.
® How teeth grinding is harmful?
Teeth grinding or bruxism causes fracture, loosening of teeth and wearing off of the teeth .In chronic teeth grinding it may cause MPDS and TMJ disorders, and even can change your facial appearance.
® Treatment for bruxism or teeth grinding: -
At Teeth Care Centre, a team of specialized working professionals and highly equipped with latest technology performs specialized care for patients who complaints of teeth grinding. Mouth guards are flexible transparent customizable trays to protect your teeth from night teeth grinding. If stress is the factor behind teeth grinding then attending stress counselling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist, or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxants are among some of the options that may be offered. If a sleeping disorder is causing the grinding, then treating it may reduce or eliminate the grinding habit such as treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances like Tongue Retaining Devices which when worn during sleep, can prevent the collapse of tongue onto the air passage and provides an uninterrupted pathway for air to flow. In chronic teeth grinding case, full mouth reconstruction is indicated when there are multiple dental problems like poor facial appearance, lack of functionality and speech hindrances.
These appliances work wonders in treating bruxism so that it helps you to prevent further teeth attrition and also your partner in getting the sound sleep.