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Do I Have Bruxism? | Dumas Dentist

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

jaw pain-tmjBruxism is a disorder that is fairly common, but also poorly understood by many patients. Reports suggest that its rate of occurrence in the population ranges from 8-30%, but many patients tend not to get diagnosed because they are asymptomatic. Bruxism can occur during sleep or while awake, and the causes are not always fully understood.

Most people who grind their teeth are unaware of the problem. While some may be told that they grind their teeth by family who hear it at night, others may be told by a dentist that notices damage to the bite surfaces of teeth during routine checkups.

Patients may also notice some symptoms that they don’t immediately connect with bruxism:

  • Hypersensitivity can be due to worn enamel and dentin, becoming sensitive to hot and cold
  • Like hypersensitivity, as tooth material is worn, both natural teeth and restorations become more likely to break
  • Muscle soreness or fatigue of the jaw, tongue, or neck
  • Pain, tenderness, or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), where the lower jaw attaches to the skull
  • Headaches, especially in the temple, caused by muscle soreness associated with the temporalis muscle

Because bruxism can permanently damage teeth, it’s important to diagnose and treat it as soon as any symptoms are noticed. The treatment options vary. Damage to teeth can be treated with normal dental procedures, but treating bruxism typically involves medical devices such as dental guards or medications such as benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers.

If you notice any of the symptoms of bruxism, or if you’re told by a family member that you grind your teeth in your sleep, speak to your dentist as soon as possible. Diagnosing and treating bruxism is important for maintaining the health of your teeth.

For more information on bruxism, call Dumas Family Dentistry at , 806-935-2725 or visit our website at or come in to discuss in detail what treatment options are right for you.

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