Teeth grinding is a problem that is quite common. It happens to everyone at least occasionally. If it’s just now and then, teeth grinding (official term: “Bruxism”) does not usually cause too much damage to your mouth, jaw or teeth. But if you grind your teeth regularly, you may be hurting your teeth and causing other oral and facial problems.
Most people grind their teeth in their sleep due to stress and anxiety. Because it happens when you are sleeping you might not even notice. But if you wake up with a headache, sore jaw or even cracked teeth, you may be a repeat offender and need some help.
Besides bite problems, broken and loose teeth and headaches, teeth grinding will eventually wear your teeth down over time, causing the need for crowns, root canals, or other expensive dental work. Some people (in extreme cases) have suffered hearing loss, increased TMJ and even a change in their facial appearances.
If you fall into these categories, give us a call so that we can examine your teeth and see if there is any damage or potential problems. You might be fitted for a grinding guard (also called Night Guard) to protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep. Just think, spending a little time with us now can save you, your mouth and your wallet a lot in the future.