Bruxism—the technical name for teeth grinding, or clenching. Do you grind your teeth? Do you have a loved one who does? Most often, this happens while you are asleep, and you may not even realize you do it until either (1) someone tells you—it can be a little noisy, or (2) you start to feel the effects of it.
Some of the signs and symptoms that you may be grinding your teeth are as follows:
-worn tooth enamel
-flattened, chipped and/or cracked teeth
-increased tooth sensitivity
-jaw and/or face pain/soreness
-tightness in the jaw muscles
-pain that feels like an earache
-dull headache originating around the temples
Why does it matter? First, the amount of pressure being applied to your teeth is severe—it will cause damage if not addressed. Second, people who grind their teeth at night are more likely to have other sleeping disorders, as well, such as snoring and sleep apnea.
What can be done? The most common dental treatment is the use of a mouth guard. You can buy one over-the-counter, but it will generally not fit very well. A custom guard can be made for you, and while it will not stop the grinding, it will absorb the pressure and prevent the damage.
If you have any pain in your face or jaw, call Dr. Hadley, your Las Vegas dentist, to schedule an appointment today.