“Bruxism” is the medical term for grinding of the teeth or the clenching of the jaw. This is a common condition which can affect any individual, and can be caused by a number of reasons. Over time, or with the intensity of the teeth grinding, Bruxism can cause dental issues or other health complications. Dr Firas Al-Niaimi will be able to advise you on the best treatment solution during a consultation.
What causes Teeth Grinding?
80% of cases occur subconsciously while you sleep, whereas some people clench or grind their jaw subconsciously when concentrating. Both of these cases are often more likely to occur in times of stress; natural treatments such as meditation or breathing exercises may help these individuals. However, some causes cannot be helped by implementing lifestyle changes, and may benefit from professional treatment.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw can cause tooth wear and damage to dental restorations, as well as reducing the size of your teeth and causing new dental problems. Those who suffer from Bruxism may also experience headaches or earaches as a symptom of Bruxism, which can be detrimental to the individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.
A mouthguard can be uncomfortable, so non-surgical treatments are often sought after to prevent teeth grinding. Anti-wrinkle solutions can work by paralysing the jaw muscles, meaning that subconscious movement is minimised along the jawline.