Bruxism / Teeth Grinding
What is Bruxism?
Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or sore teeth, or do you find yourself consistently clenching or grinding throughout the day? If so, you may suffer from bruxism. Bruxism, or commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is the involuntary clenching of the jaw/teeth which causes facial pain. This issue is quite prevalent in our society – according to the Academy of General Dentistry, one in three people suffer from this condition.
The Effects of Bruxism
Although it's a common issue, bruxism should not be taken lightly. If left untreated, problems such as tooth erosion and abnormal changes in tooth structure can occur – which could require extensive dental treatment to repair. Problems such as mouth, jaw and face problems, broken dentures may also occur. People grind their teeth for a variety of reasons, including stress or improper alignment of teeth. Whatever the cause, treatment should not be delayed.
Symptoms of Bruxism
The majority of people aren't aware they have this habit. In these cases, people unintentionally bite down too hard when sleeping, or chew on the inside of their cheeks, fingernails, pencils or other objects. Unfortunately, "bruxers" usually aren't diagnosed until damage has already been caused. Warning signs of bruxism include:
- Sensitive teeth that become flat in appearance
- Popping or locking of the jaw causing pain
- Indentations on your cheeks or tongue
- Tooth pain due to exposed dentin from grinding
- Other facial pains
- Damaged cheek tissue
A custom mouth guard fitted by our team will prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth. Night mouth guards are bite pads that are worn at night as you sleep, which will keep your upper and lower teeth from grinding. Perfectly customized to your mouth, these guards are made of high-grade plastic.
Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing problems with teeth grinding.