What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, and it can happen when you’re awake or asleep. It’s also fairly common—<according to a 2016 article published in the Journal of Conservative Dentistry, frequent sleep bruxism happens to about 13% of adults.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of bruxism include:
- Grinding your clenching your teeth during sleep, which could even be loud enough to wake up a partner
- Flattened, fractured, chipped, or loose teeth
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Tight or tired jaw muscles, or a locked jaw
- Pain or soreness in the jaw, neck, or face
- Pain in your ear
- A dull headache in your temples
When it comes to the causes of grinding teeth pain, it can be a matter of stress and anxiety or sleep disorders. However, there may be other causes. According to a 2016 study published in the American Journal Dental Association, tobacco, alcohol use, and heavy coffee drinking (over 8 cups a day) are also bruxism factors to consider.
Further, other factors may play into your risk of bruxism: anger and frustration can be causes. Age is also a consideration, as bruxism is common among young children. Medications, family members with bruxism, and other mental health and medical disorders can potentially contribute to teeth grinding.
Bruxism is also associated with TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which happens when the system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones in your jaw muscles and joints are tender, clicking, or have difficulty moving. A dental professional will be able to determine if your teeth grinding pain is associated with TMJ disorder.
So, how long does teeth grinding pain last? It depends on the cause and severity of your specific case. If you are experiencing pain from teeth grinding, chat with your dentist to get the best treatment plan.