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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

by Puneet Kathuria | February 13, 2018

Bruxism is a dental problem which is quite common among individuals of different ages among adults as well as children. Treatment of cases of bruxism should be commenced as soon as the dentist confirms that the patient is affected with bruxism.

Every patient faces different types of dental problems during their lives. One cannot predict the kind of dental problem which is going to affect him with surety. Bruxism is a dental problem which is quite common among individuals of different ages among adults as well as children. One of the severe bruxism aspects is that many times the individual himself is not aware that he is suffering from bruxism. So, it is essential to consult a dentist and get regular checkups to diagnose any such dental problem at the early stages.

 

A dentist ensures that few questions are asked of the particular individual to find out if the patient has a history of bruxism or teeth grinding. This includes any stress in the individual’s personal or professional lives, consumption of alcohol or similar drinks (if any), intake of medications for depression cases as well as any history of head injury in the past. Some of the significant and noticeable symptoms of bruxism include increased sensitivity of teeth, loose, painful teeth, facial pain, headaches as well as constant or intermittent pain in the jaws or temporomandibular joint.

 

Bruxism can be observed and found out in young children starting at the age of 3. It gets cured when the child enters his teenage years. If the stress source is not controlled or handled correctly, then it leads to a significant lifelong habit of bruxism which is quite challenging to get cured in the later stages of life. So, it is recommended to detect and remedy bruxism without letting it progress at a fast rate. If you are not sure that whether you are affected by bruxism and feel a slight doubt regarding its presence, then make sure that you visit your dentist as soon as possible.

 

Treatment of cases of bruxism should be commenced as soon as the dentist confirms that the patient is affected with bruxism. This prevents any significant damage to the teeth. If the bite of the patient is affected due to bruxism, then the priority of the treatment plan will be to rectify the bite with the help of crowns and onlays. If a patient is negatively affected by stress, then the stress source is found out with the help of a psychologist, and the mind of the patient is eventually brought to peace. Medications are provided to the patients in case the patient is suffering from anxiety or severe depression.

Thus, if bruxism is diagnosed in its early stages, then it can be treated well by the dentist.