What are the Sypmtoms of Bruxism?

What are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Tooth grinding and bruxism presents itself in a number of ways. Ranging from wear of the enamel of the teeth showing as shiny polished areas on the tooth surface in its minimum form. To repeat fractures of the teeth, chipping of the incisor tips, vertical stress lines on the teeth, abfraction at the gum margins of teeth e.g. depressions of the thin enamel dentine areas of teeth formerly considered to be due to excess tooth brushing.

The teeth may reduce in overall size so that often the incisors will be shortened, causing a generalised flattening of the teeth with loss of incisor tips, cusp tips height of teeth and tooth loss. Sophia Loren was a brilliant example of this. Repeated fracture of restorations may also occur.

Sufferers may complain about tooth sensitivity particularly at the necks of the teeth. Commonly seen on the bicuspid and molar teeth in the upper arch. There's loss of tooth length or height and evidence of chipping of the enamel. Bruxists may complain of headaches, migrinous headaches and strain headaches. The muscle of mastication may also be uncomfortable or over developed causing the person's face to appear broadened, particularly at the angle of the lower jaws.