Written by Dr. Anitha Paderla, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Sep 17, 2014

Symptoms of Bruxism

Teeth grinding is a common occurrence and can damage the teeth.

Bruxism displays several different signs and symptoms. Most commonly, patients may complain of any of the following symptoms or all of them:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, is a common symptom which the bed partner of the victim cannot miss. This annoying symptom is bad enough to instigate the victim to seek immediate medical help.
  • As a consequence of regular teeth grinding or clenching, damage to the teeth is a common symptom of bruxism. Patients often complain of extreme tooth sensitivity. Injury to the teeth could result in chipped teeth portraying a completely lackluster set. In some victims the enamel gets affected revealing the inside of the tooth, which is a sign of bruxism taking its toll.
  • Teeth grinding sometimes results in parts of the cheek tissue being injured.
  • The jaw takes a beating with the constant action of the teeth. Victims cannot escape the pain in the jaw or the feeling of tightness. Tempromandibular Joint syndrome, characterized by unusual popping sounds implying an out- of- balance jaw, is a good clinical symptom of bruxism.
  • It appears as if the whole face is affected due to the violent jaw muscle contractions. Facial pain, head aches and ear ache are common complaints among bruxism patients.

References:

  1. Bruxism - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruxism)
  2. Bruxism (teeth grinding) - (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bruxism/DS00337)
  3. Bruxism Treatment - (http://www.sleepdisordersguide.com/bruxism-treatments.html)

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