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What Causes Teeth-Grinding (Bruxism)?
What are the Symptoms of Bruxism?
Normally a person does not realize they are suffering from bruxism because the constant grinding becomes a natural part of their everyday experience. Common symptoms include: Waking up at night with your teeth clenched, flattened or chipped teeth, sensitive teeth, gum recession, pain and tightness in the jaws and its muscles, regular ear aches, tension headaches, facial pains, and visual damage to cheek tissue.
If you frequently grind and clench your teeth, you are exercising the masseter muscle, which connects your lower jaw to your cheekbone. This can mean the muscle will become over developed and may result in a broadening of your jaw, giving you a square jawed and masculine appearance.
The provider will examine your jaw and will help determine if you are suffering from this sometimes-uncontrollable habit. Dental professionals can notice changes in your bite as well as unnatural wear and tear on your teeth and gums. Grinding your teeth on a regular basis will prematurely age and loosen your teeth. Other problems such as hypersensitivity will also develop overtime because as the grinding continues, small cracks form, exposing the tooth’s dentin.