Bruxism

Below you will find more information about Bruxism from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Bruxism it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Bruxism and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Bruxism comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Bruxism is the medical term used in referring to gnashing, grinding or clenching of teeth; usually affecting children and adults alike. Individuals with bruxism clench teeth at daytime usually when anxious or stressed. Long-term bruxism leads to unpleasant conditions such as jaw problems, damaged teeth, and headache.

Diagnosis

Dental exam can include observing the teeth for signs of bruxism like worn down tooth enamel and broken dental restorations and tooth sensitivity.

Treatment

For severe cases of Bruxism, stress management and behavior therapy through professional counseling and relaxation techniques to minimize clenching the teeth when tensed or furious. Dental approaches like using mouth guard to prevent further damage to the teeth.

Symptoms and Signs

Significant teeth grinding and clenching that often disturbs your sleeping partner, which may result to deformed teeth that can be flattened, chipped or worn down. Dilapidated tooth enamel, exposing the inner portion of the tooth. Pain in the jaw area and stiffness of the jaw muscle. Increased tooth sensitive due to worn enamel of the tooth.

Causes

Psychological factors are associated with the development of bruxism such as anger, stress, tension, concealed anger and hyperactive personality. The condition can also be a complication of another disorder including Parkinson's Disease or a side effect of psychiatric medications.

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