You may not even be aware that you grind your teeth, but if you wake up with jaw pain or headaches, have sensitive teeth or noticed your teeth look a little worn, tooth grinding may be the cause. This sub-conscious action occurs during sleep and often most people are only made aware of it by a partner who may be suffering from sleepless nights as a result. If you frequently experience unpleasant symptoms like those listed above or your partner is getting fed up of waking during the night to the sound of clenching teeth, we have some excellent solutions available. Call today and we can banish symptoms for good and restore peaceful nights at home.
Why do I grind my teeth?
Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is often associated with elevated levels of stress and anxiety. Some people find they do it when they are under pressure at work or getting ready to sit an exam, for example. Some cases may also be linked to dental problems such as loose fillings or crowns and issues that affect the bite. The bite is the way the upper and lower arches of teeth sit together when the jaw is closed and relaxed.
What are the effects of tooth grinding?
Tooth grinding can have various effects, from tooth wear and tear and heightened sensitivity caused by damage to the enamel to jaw pain, headaches, migraines and an increased risk of TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joint, the joint that joins the skull to the lower jaw.
It’s often best to identify the cause of bruxism in order to find the best solution. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis and there is no clear cause, we may recommend that you try wearing a bite guard while you sleep. These specially designed, custom-fit appliances are similar to mouth guards and they sit over the teeth while you sleep in order to prevent the teeth from coming into contact with each other. If loose fillings or crowns are contributing to tooth grinding, we can replace and repair these with ease. We can also offer advice about stress and anxiety management and you may also wish to visit your GP if these issues are a frequent struggle.