Bruxism can best be described as the grinding of the teeth and the clenching of the jaw. This can occur either during the day or at night.
Typically, the incisors and canines (front 6 upper and lower teeth) of opposing arches grind against each other laterally. This side to side action puts undue strain on the muscles and the TMJ joints. Earache, depression, headaches, eating disorders and anxiety are amongst the most common symptoms ; which often accompanies chronic stress, Alzheimer’s disease and alcohol abuse.
There is no single cure for bruxism, though a variety of helpful devices and tools are available. Here are some common ways in which bruxism is treated:
If you have questions or concerns about bruxism, please ask Dr. Vice