Do you wake up with dull headaches, vise-like pain, or stiff, sore jaw muscles? If so, you may have a condition called bruxism, a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Many people are unaware they even have the disorder because it often occurs while they are sleeping. However, dental professionals can usually detect the telltale signs of wear on your teeth.
Stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause bruxism. Teeth grinding can cause teeth to become painful or loose. Patients can literally grind away parts of their teeth, leaving them with worn surfaces or fractured enamel. It is estimated that up to 95% of people experience bruxism at some point in their lives.
Bruxism can not only cause aching muscles, but can wear down your teeth and damage dental work.
Luckily, treatment for bruxism is available. If you think you might be grinding or clenching your teeth, schedule an appointment to talk with us about your symptoms and possible treatment plans. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding dental care.