Catching bruxism or grinding teeth can be difficult because it typically happens at night. If you’re one of the 20% of adults that grind their teeth, you may not even know that you’re wearing down your teeth. Undiagnosed bruxism can cause tooth decay, jaw damage, and permanent jaw pain. This is why it’s important to know the symptoms of grinding your teeth – and to inform us of everything that you are experiencing.
Common bruxism symptoms include:
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Dull headaches that originate from the temples
- Damage from chewing the inside of your cheek or tongue
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Loose, chipped, or flattened teeth
- Earaches, though nothing is wrong with your ear
- Noise complaints from your partner.
Bruxism can be caused by many factors from stress to poor sleep to medication side effects. While it is uncomfortable and can create a lot of dental bills, teeth grinding doesn’t have to wear you down. Let your dentist know about any suspected teeth grinding right away. Dr. Krause or Dr. Kato can take a look at your teeth and discover the root cause of any tooth or jaw pain.
What You Can Do About Grinding Teeth
When we catch bruxism early, it can be resolved very simply with a night guard. When you get a dental night guard, you are receiving a custom-fitted piece of dental equipment that is guaranteed to fit comfortably and prevent you from grinding your teeth as you sleep.
We do this by taking a variety of measurements and sending that information to a specialty lab. The lab then creates the perfect night guard for your teeth and jaw and sends it back to us. This custom approach makes creating the most comfortable night guard for your mouth easy. Nightguards can help relieve symptoms of bruxism swiftly by keeping your teeth separated to avoid damage from grinding or clenching.
If bruxism has progressed to the point where your teeth are worn or chipped, you will likely need some dental correction to resolve all of your symptoms. For example, if the wear on your teeth has created sensitivity or left you having difficulty chewing, our dentists can install a crown to protect the affected teeth and help you comfortably eat.
No matter how far your dental wear and tear has progressed, we can help you get more comfortable and protect your teeth against future wear.
Do you suffer from the above symptoms? Be sure to set up an appointment here at Hollywood Family Dentistry. We are here to help you with all of your dental needs.