Every now and then, a lot of us clench and grind our teeth. When the grinding of teeth is only on occasions, it will not often lead to harm. When grinding happens regularly, it can be damaging and it is likely for other oral complications to occur. In medical term, teeth grinding is referred to as bruxism.
Why did this happen?
This is often linked to stress and anxiety and usually occurs while asleep. It can more likely be due to missing or crooked teeth or abnormal biting. The condition may also be caused by sleep apnea, a sleep disorder.
Considering that grinding happens subconsciously while asleep, not everyone is aware of it. The only time they will discover they do is when there are symptoms like sore jaw, constant and dull headache upon waking up.
Why is it harmful?
When bruxism is chronic, it can lead to loosening/fracturing or loss of teeth. Complications can be corrected by bridges, root canals, crowns, partial dentures, complete dentures, and implants may be suggested.
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