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Treatment teeth grinding
Abfraction is the notching ot the teeth near or under the gum line. When your bite is slightly off, one tooth may hit sooner than the rest. This causes undue stress and the involved theeth begin to flex. Abfraction lesions are small notches caused by stress (forces) on your teeth. Biting, chewing, clenching and grinding put pressure on your teeth. Over time, this pressure can cause cracks and splits in the outer layer of your teeth. Grinding your teeth puts pressure on them So people with bruxism are more likely to get abfraction lesions.
A bruxism appliance for stopping theeth grinding is a mouth guard or mouth splint. The kind of bruxism appliance recommended for teeth grinding can depend on the level of bruxism. It is best to go to your dentist to be properly diagnosed and to then make an informed decision about the best bruxism appliance to remedy this habit, based on the level of symptoms. You'll have to choose between a custom made bruxism appliance or a ready-made bruxism appliance.
Acupuncture has not been clinically proved to cure or calm bruxism, but there is anecdotal evidence that suggests acupuncture helps for bruxism treatment. Acupuncture improves bruxism by correcting the functioning of the organs that are excessive or deficient. Points are selected along the meridian of the organ in imbalance. The points can be located on the trunk, limbs, and/or face. They key to acupuncture and its effectiveness for bruxism is focusing on not only the symptoms, but the cause. Some simple changes to diet and lifestyle habits are also easy, effective ways to increase the results of acupuncture.
Bruxism in adults is mostly associated with psychological factors, including : stress and anxiety, suppressed anger or frustration, some personality types, jaw, head or neck injury en certain sleep disorders. 50-95% of the adult population have bruxism.
Bruxism age group
Around 50 to 95% of the adults suffer from this condition. Around 15% of all children also have teeth grinding. This is not a condition that is confined to a particular sex or age group. Millions of people all over the world, adults and children have bruxism. Bruxism is more likely and more severe in adults, since adults often suffer higher levels of anxiety and stress than children. Children can develop bruxism as a result of misaligned teeth or pain due to earaches and teething. Bruxism in children usually resolves itself with treatment of dental problems. Adult bruxism may require massage, physical therapy and relaxation exercises, as well as dental splints or surgery.
Bruxism and Akathisia
Restless leg syndrome (Akathisia) is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations. Akathisia and bruxism are often reported during treatment with a numer of newer antidepressants. Some people think that drugs like Prozac and Zoloft inhibit dopamine transmission and cause a partial "akathisia" of the jaw, with repeated clenching and relaxing, or a stiffness of the jaw.
Teeth grinding has been observed in amphetamine addicts. Amphetamines can increase dopamine concentration in the body that can lead to bruxism. Amphetamines like XTC are lately connected with excessive wearing of tooth. Teeth grinding occurs twice as much in smokers than in non-smokers because nicotine intake stimulates dopamine activity. Excessive alcohol intake can also cause bruxism. This confirms teeth grinding as a centrally mediated disorder.
Dehydration can cause teeth grinding in your sleep. So it is a good idea to give up alcohol if you suffer from bruxism, because alcohol dehydrates your body. Bruxism is significantly higher in individuals whose lifestyle includes the use of psychoactive substances (tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, or medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety).