Do you wake up with headaches? Do you have jaw pain? These issues may result from grinding teeth throughout the night. Lifetime Family Dental (a dental practice in Gilbert, AZ) is here to help alleviate dental pain and to help with all cosmetic dentistry needs. When it comes to grinding teeth, everyone may do it from time to time. The occasional teeth grinding is not the major issue, that is until it becomes a regular occurrence. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism.
What is Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition in which one clenches or grinds their teeth. This can occur during the day, but it mainly occurs at night when individuals are sleeping. When it is happening while sleeping, it is considered a sleep related movement disorder. Since bruxism may be habitual or happening at night, you may not be aware you are doing it. There are a couple ways to tell if you have issues with bruxism.
How do I know if I Grind My Teeth?
There are a couple signs for teeth grinding. Since it is most common at night, most individuals are not aware that they may be doing it. Some people find out that they grind their teeth through their loved ones hearing the sound of it at night. Symptoms of regularly waking up with a dull headache or jaw pain is pretty telltale. If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth, contact your local dentist who can exam your jaw and teeth to tell you for sure if you deal with bruxism.
The Harm of Grinding
Grinding your teeth has negative effects besides a headache and jaw pain. While those pains are enough to want to change, it has negative effects on your teeth also. Chronic grinding of your teeth wears down your tooth enamel, causes chipped teeth, loosened teeth, loss of teeth and can lead to intensive dental procedures. A result of teeth grinding can lead to the need for crowns, bridges, root canals, implants, partial dentures, or even complete dentures. Intense teeth grinding can even cause major jaw issues such as TMJ.
How Do I Treat Bruxism?
Stress could be the cause, and therefore paying attention to mental turmoil with positive self care may help to alleviate teeth grinding. It could also be a result of misaligned teeth. Bruxism is common and easily treated. Your friendly dentist can have you fitted for a night guard with a quick and easy impression of the teeth. This impression gets sent to a lab where a custom mouth tray is made. Once the custom mouth tray comes in, it can be worn at night while sleeping or throughout the times of day when a clenched jaw may occur.
It is important to have this resolved if you are experiencing these type of symptoms. Being proactive can save you a lot of time and money. Take care of your teeth and come see Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert Arizona for your cosmetic dentistry needs.
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