Teeth Grinding Diagnosis
Bruxism is defined as the act of teeth grinding usually in an unconscious state of sleep. This is why it is so tricky to diagnose since you don’t know what is happening when you’re asleep.
It Takes Two to Tango
I’m going to share with you a no brainer technique to determine whether you are teeth grinding in sleep. I’m sure you will like the sound of this technique.
Get someone to be your bed partner. A bed partner to watch over you when you sleep that is. Simple and effective isn’t it? If you can’t figure out what you do when you sleep (obviously), then get someone else to figure it out for you. I recommend that you look for someone who can monitor your sleeping habits for at least 5-7 days for the sake of a consistent result. No one willing to stay up all night or none of your friends are nocturnal in nature? That’s alright, find the next best thing. A light sleeper. If your significant other, family members, room mates or friends sleep in close proximity to you, chances are the noise produced by any teeth grinding activity will have been noticed. Don’t be afraid to ask.
In case you’re wondering what sounds grinding teeth produce, imagine a squeaky chair or door. At least that is what I reckon it sounds like.
Visit The Dentist
You should visit the Dentist. Now I know based on feedback that people who go online to search for solutions or answers to their teeth grinding problem are either fed up with the so called professional advice (at exorbitant fees I might add) they’ve been given or they are unwilling to visit the dentist in the first place.
I completely understand as I have been to the dentists and doctors countless of times and they basically tell me the usual words of wisdom. “Get a custom mouth guard made and wear it every night for the rest of your life because there is no solution to your teeth grinding condition. Oh, don’t forget to visit me next year to get refitted for that mouth guard. Now pay me my consultation fee.”
Despite that, I still recommend that you visit a dentist if you haven’t already; especially if you are experiencing pain. You may already know (using the bed partner technique I shared above) that you do indeed grind your teeth but what you need to determine after that is how much damage has already been done?
Tell your dentist upfront that you suspect (or confirmed) bruxism. That way he/she can proceed straight away to double check by examining your teeth for signs of worn out enamel, chipped or fractured teeth and so on. Depending on the severity of the problem which he/she will further determine by asking you a series of questions, you may need to be referred to a ear, nose, throat (ENT) specialist for earache problems or a psychiatrist/therapist for sleep disorders and stress.
I can’t tell you whether you need to go see more specialists for your problem because frankly I don’t know how severe your condition is but what I can suggest from my own experience is that you take just the dental check-up to determine the damage caused first. Postpone any subsequent consultations (unless critical) including advice to make a custom mouth guard so that you can take a step back and clearly decide what approach is the most suitable for you.
Don’t take too long to decide though because the longer your teeth grinding is left untreated, the more damage is being done to your health.
Find out which Teeth Grinding Treatment Guide I Used to Cure Bruxism.
PLUS a New Guide that I reckon is Better than the one I used.