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Bruxism or teeth grinding is a condition that is caused by the involuntary movement of jaw muscles and joints that grind or clench the upper and lower teeth together throughout the day or during sleep. In patients with sleep-related bruxism, the problem is harder to correct because of the various stages of sleep that cause repeated patterns of involuntary clenching and grinding of jaw muscles and joints that can cause severe and permanent damage to healthy teeth. The factors that increase the risk for developing sleep bruxism include obstructive sleep apnea, loud snoring, alcohol use, caffeine, and smoking.
The most common symptoms related to sleep bruxism include facial pain, headaches, and worn down teeth. If left uncorrected, prolonged grinding of teeth can cause severe damage to tooth nerves and enamel can trigger sharp painful discomfort. Among some of the other teeth grinding symptoms include:
Sleep-related bruxism can be diagnosed by conducting an oral exam to evaluate damage caused by prolonged grinding of teeth. During this examination, a doctor can evaluate potential damage by checking for tenderness in the jaw muscles, dental abnormalities like broken or missing teeth and poor tooth alignment, and by administering an X-ray to examine the underlying bone and inside of the cheek for abnormalities.
Diagnosing what causes teeth grinding can help determine the best treatment option. Depending on the root cause, treatments for bruxism include:
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