Bruxism / Teeth grinding

What is Bruxism, or Teeth grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common sleep disorder that causes the clenching and grinding of your teeth. It can occur during sleep or when a person is awake. If you have bruxism, you may wake up with sore muscles in your face, jaw, and neck. You may also be more prone to headaches and toothaches than other people are.


Bruxism usually affects both sides of the mouth equally, but it typically causes the most problems when it affects the lower teeth. You may not even realise you grind your teeth until it becomes a problem. But once you start experiencing symptoms such as headaches, sore jaw or neck pain, it’s time to take action! Read on to find out how our experts can help you put a stop to teeth grinding.

What is the cause of Bruxism?

Many people who grind their teeth during sleep do not know they have a problem. It is only when other problems occur that they realise something is wrong. Like many medical conditions, no one knows exactly what causes teeth  grinding. Some of the most common factors include stress, anxiety, and habits like smoking or chewing gum.

What are the types of bruxism?

There are two types of bruxism.


Sustained grinder – This type of grinding is more prevalent during sleep. Some people grind their teeth throughout the night, while others may do it on and off for a few minutes at a time.


Occasional grinder – These people tend to only grind their teeth occasionally. When they do experience symptoms, it may last for a few days.

Is there a cure for Bruxism?

Bruxism can be treated through behavioural therapy, dental splints made by dentists which help correct your bite and limit teeth grinding at night, or simple anti-wrinkle injections! Anti-wrinkle injections injected in the muscles of mastication (muscles of chewing) weaken the muscles which in turn reduces teeth grinding and jaw clenching, whilst still allowing you to chew and talk normally.

Is Bruxism serious?

Although bruxism is not a severe medical condition, it can be painful and uncomfortable. It often causes people to develop headaches or sore jaws. In addition, if you grind your teeth for long periods of time and if left untreated, bruxism may cause other problems with your oral health as well. For instance, teeth grinding can cause your teeth to become stained or chipped. It can also wear down the enamel on your teeth and lead to a loss of jawbone density over time. If you have been experiencing any problems that may be related to bruxism, please consult with one of our practitioners.

How will I know if the treatment is working?

As your jaw begins to heal from bruxism, you will notice a decrease in tension in your lower face, decrease in headaches and you may notice some changes in your oral health. For instance, you may see an improvement in your teeth’s appearance, such as less staining or chipping. You may also discover that you have less sensitivity in your teeth or jaw. 

Contact our professionals at Skinthetics today

If you have been diagnosed with teeth grinding, please get in touch with us. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about treatment for this condition. The practitioner will review your jaw and muscles of chewing and explain the course of care that is best suited to meet your needs.

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