Bruxism and bruxomania are the terms used to describe unconscious and repetitive grinding or clenching of the teeth (not counting natural contact when you chew or swallow).
If it occurs during the day, it’s called bruxism, whereas at night it’s called bruxomania.
Several problems are associated with tooth grinding:
- Premature wearing down of teeth
- Receding gums
- Broken fillings, crowns and dentures
- Enlargement of jaw muscles
- Jaw and TMJ pain upon waking
Several factors can contribute to bruxism and bruxomania, including anxiety, stress, sleep disorders and neurological disorders.
Some patients may need to be assessed by a sleep specialist.
Your dentist may recommend a bite plate to prevent damage to your teeth. Acrylic bite plates are custom-made based on an optical impression of your teeth. They cover the chewing surface of your teeth to prevent premature wear. You can wear them during the day or at night.
Some patients who grind their teeth also benefit from relaxation exercises, physical therapy or, in more severe cases, botox injections in the masseter muscles. If your teeth are very worn down, rest assured that we can fully rehabilitate your smile with onlays and veneers.
Do you grind your teeth? Contact us today.