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Bruxism: Signs and Symptoms

If you wake up with facial muscle pain or headache, you may be presenting bruxism (clenching and grinding your teeth). Bruxism causes teeth to ache or become loose and literally become pulverized or crumble. In addition to destroying the bone that supports the tooth and causing joint problems, such as temporomandibular joint syndrome.



How do I know if I have bruxism?



For most people, bruxism is an unconscious habit. You may not realize that you are doing it until someone else tells you that you hear your teeth grinding while you sleep. It can also be discovered in the dental visit because your teeth will be worn or fractured enamel.



Bruxism can present signs such as facial, head and neck pain. Your dentist can diagnose and determine if the cause of this pain is due to bruxism.



How is bruxism treated?



Proper treatment will depend on knowing what is causing the problem. With precise questions and a dental exam, your dentist will determine the potential cause of bruxism and according to the dental damage and the cause, you can suggest using a dental guard while you sleep, which is prepared by your dentist with exact adjustment in your mouth, it is placed on its upper teeth and protects them so that they do not squeak against the lower teeth. Although guarding is an excellent way to treat bruxism, it does not solve the problem.



You should find a way to relax, since stress seems to be the main cause of bruxism; Anything that effectively reduces stress can help, such as listening to music, reading, walking or taking a bath. You can also apply a hot damp towel over your face to relieve muscle pain from clenching your teeth. High points of the teeth can be removed to match the bite. An uneven bite, where the teeth do not fill, can also be corrected with new restorations, crowns or orthodontic treatment. A guard used at night will protect your teeth, but it does not solve the problem

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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