Bruxism (gnashing of teeth)

Bruxism is an action of gnashing teeth unconsciously while sleeping in general.

It is an abnormal situation and highly disturbing sound is heard. It is thought that bruxism is genetically and is seen 2 of every 5 person in average. 5% to 10% people with bruxism may lead to damages such as breaking of fillings and teeth as a result of force applied to teeth and some of them complain about dysfunctions of jaw bone and suffer from headache and facial pain in the morning without any reason.

Bruxism may have many psychological and physical reasons however; the most common one is the stress. Bruxism becomes severer when stress increases. Occlusion disorders sometimes may lead to bruxism.

Let’s ask a few questions to understand the presence of bruxism:

• Have your spouse or family member ever told you that you gnash your teeth while you are asleep?

• Do you feel pains in neck and shoulder?

• Do you hear the sound of “click” from your joints?

• Do you feel tiredness or pain in facial muscles, temporomandibular joint and ears when you wake up?

• Are your teeth sensitive?

While problems caused by bruxism can be treated, it is not possible to eliminate this situation all the time. 

Treatment of bruxism

Treatment is for solving acute problems more, a dentist and physiotherapist may need to work together. 

Treatment to relax muscles may be applied and elimination of dental troubles may solve the problem, too.

Sometimes these are not sufficient, recommendations for stress or drug injection for bruxism may be applied.

It is possible to protect against harmful effects of bruxism via transparent plaques on teeth implemented by the dentist. 

You can contact our dentists via the information in contact section to obtain more information about bruxism and easy treatment methods to minimize damages.

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