Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition. It happens when you grind or clench your teeth during the day or at night when you sleep. Grinding and clenching your teeth can wear down the precious enamel of your teeth and put stress on your jaw. It can lead to tooth decay, headaches, jaw disorders, and disturbed sleep. The treatment for bruxism is simple and painless. Your doctor can fit you with an appliance which prevents tooth grinding which you wear during sleep or during the day.
Symptom of Bruxism
You may not notice any symptoms of mild bruxism, but the symptoms of bruxism may include the following signs.
- Chipped, flattened, or cracked teeth
- Face or jaw pain
- Tight or tired jaw muscles
- Worn tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
- A headache originating at the temples
Symptoms are usually worse upon waking and get better during the day if you grind your teeth at night. If you grind or clench your teeth during the day, symptoms may get worse as the day progresses. It can also cause damage to crowns and restorations. Bruxism is also one of the causes of damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) of the jaw causing pain and a popping or clicking as you open and close your mouth.
Treatment of Bruxism
Bruxism is easy to treat. The doctor will examine you and determine the best treatment for your case. You may be fitted with a custom night guard which you wear to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. The night guard is fitted to your teeth so that you get the best fit possible. They are clear trays which fit over your teeth and help to prevent grinding and clenching your teeth.
If you suspect you grind or clench your teeth, call or contact us today.