Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? What about when you are tense or stressed? Many people suffer from bruxism, or “teeth grinding.” The good news is that there are treatments available!
How Do I Know I Have Bruxism?
Here are ten signs that you may have bruxism:
- Grinding – You may notice that you grind in your sleep. The noise may wake you up at night.
- Clenching – Throughout the day, you may clench your teeth as your jaw gets tight. This happens often when under high stress.
- Headaches – The constant grinding/clenching can leave you with a constant, recurring headache.
- Earache – Because your jaw is tight, the discomfort may radiate up to your ears, causing earaches.
- Toothache – The persistent grinding can wear your teeth, causing toothaches.
- General Soreness – You may notice that you have soreness in your face and neck.
- Teeth Damage – Because you grind or clench your teeth, you may find your teeth are damaged.
- Worn Enamel – The enamel can wear away, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to decay.
- Lock-Jaw – Lock-jaw is when your jaw freezes or “locks” in place. This can be when your mouth is open or closed.
- Tired Jaw – You may find it tiring to chew your food. The muscles in your jaw can become fatigued from the constant teeth grinding and clenching.
Why Should I Treat Bruxism?
- Alleviate Aches and Pains
- Protect Your Teeth From Further Damage
- Sleep Through the Night Without Discomfort
What is the Treatment for Bruxism?
- Mouth guard – The most common treatment for bruxism is a mouth guard for grinding teeth. This aligns your jaw in a way that prevents teeth from grinding against each other while you sleep.
- Braces – If the issue is a misaligned bite, we may recommend braces or aligners.
- Medication – Prescription medication is a good option if the main cause of your bruxism is stress related.
There is a Solution!
Whether it is obtaining a mouth guard for grinding teeth, or taking prescription medication, at The Steele Creek Dentist we will do our best to alleviate your bruxism. Do not live with bruxism for longer than necessary. Call for your appointment today!