In most cases it occurs in the night, usually while one is asleep. Sometimes the person may not even be aware of the fact that he/she is clenching his/her teeth. It could go unnoticed too. Usually the family members hint about this to the person by complaining as to how his/her steady chatter caused by clenching and grinding of teeth disturbs them. Some people with bruxism unconsciously clench and gnash their teeth during the day also when they feel overtly tense.
If the gritting is mild, it might not be such a cause for concern; it could even disappear on its own. But in some cases the constant grinding causes wearing away of teeth, fractures in teeth, sore jaws, headaches etc. Often there is pain in the jaws, headache, increased sensitivity towards very hot or cold food and many such symptoms. A visit to the dentist might confirm bruxism. To eliminate discrepancies in teeth, the dentist might fit a mouth guard to protect teeth during sleep. He/She might even suggest muscle relaxing exercises for the jaw. Psychiatric counseling, exercise and meditation are also advised to relieve stress or tension, if that is the cause of bruxism. Severe cases of bruxism are also considered for treatment by botox. A cosmetic dentist will be able to repair worn down, misshapen teeth damaged beyond recognition by bruxism. This is done by fitting dental crowns to realign, reshape and rectify the teeth.Related Reading:
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