Bruxism Symptoms: Do you suffer from teeth grinding?
It’s important to know what bruxism symptoms look (or sound) like. One in three people suffer from bruxism, according to one study, but another puts the number much lower at around eight percent of the population. The condition can range in severity from infrequent clenching to outright mashing; a small number of people, roughly 10 percent of bruxism sufferers, grind so hard their teeth are reduced to nubs, and they eventually need to have reconstructive surgery.
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
- Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Muscle tightness
- Ear ache – because of severe jaw muscle contractions
- Chronic facial pain
TMJ: Facts about pain, symptoms, and treatments
Moderate to severe sleep bruxism, if left untreated, can result in jaw pain known as TMJ pain, headaches, damaged and loose teeth and gum recession. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint(s) that causes signs and symptoms including ear pain, bite problems, headaches, dizziness, clicking sounds in thejaw, tinnitus and/or locked jaws.
A variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders. Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. Other likely symptoms include:
- radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck,
- jaw muscle stiffness,
- limited movement or locking of the jaw,
- painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth,
- a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
If your teeth are worn, damaged or sensitive, if you suffer from pain in your face or jaw, talk to one of SomnoMed’s friendly customer service advisors HERE. We will provide you with contact information for your closest SomnoMed dentist.