How does Bruxism affect me?
Written by DDS Miami
Bruxism is hard to detect, so make sure to discuss any concerns with your dentist. Bruxism is a condition that usually affects people while they are sleeping. Sleeping partners tend to notice because the bruxist is grinding their teeth throughout the night. Teeth grinding is linked to stress or anxiety. Other causes derive from dental health like an overbite or crooked teeth.
Do you have bruxism?
The symptoms of Bruxism appear similar to symptoms of other conditions.
Jaw aching or pain
Tenderness or pain when masticating
Bruxism can be difficult to detect since it occurs at night during sleep. Unfortunately, Bruxism is more evident when severe oral health symptoms start to show.
Other severe symptoms are:
Extremely sensitive teeth
Burning sensation of tongue
Restricted mouth opening
Inflammation of periodontal ligament
Sensation of sore or lose teeth
Common treatments are night guards and electronic instruments to control the movement of the muscles. The muscle activity in your mouth is one of the reasons for grinding. Other options are Botox. According to Colgate, “In the short term, Botox treatments can be effective in halting teeth grinding. As the Chicago Tribune reports, one study found that six out of 13 participants who received Botox injections experienced "much improved" or "very much improved" symptoms.”(1). Bruxism helps relax the muscles that are overactive which causes the teeth grinding.
Learn more about how Botox can be used to treat Bruxism at our office.