Grinding your teeth during the night may not just have implications for your partner’s ability to snooze peacefully – it can also damage your teeth. If you’ve been told that you grind your teeth at night or you regularly wake up with jaw pain or headaches, it’s a good idea to give us a call so we can put bruxism to a stop for good and ensure you enjoy a peaceful night every night.
How can grinding damage the teeth?
When you grind your teeth, the upper and lower sets of teeth rub against each other and clash and this can cause damage to the teeth in the form of worn, jagged edges and chips. In very severe cases, it may even break the tooth. Bruxism can also increase the risk of symptoms related to TMJ disorder, such as jaw pain and stiffness, a restricted range of flexibility in the joint and headaches.
Why am I grinding my teeth?
There are lots of reasons why you may grind your teeth and in some cases there is no clear cause. Most people who do grind their teeth are unaware that they do it until somebody else tells them. The most common causes of tooth grinding include:
- anxiety and worry
- loose fillings, crowns or veneers
- orthodontic issues that affect the bite (the way the upper and lower arches of teeth fit together)
Stopping bruxism in its tracks
We employ various methods to prevent tooth grinding including fitting a custom-made bite guard, an appliance designed to prevent the teeth from clashing together at night. This guard, which is similar to a gum shield, is worn at night and it helps to ensure that the upper and lower sets of teeth do not grind against each other during the night. When grinding the teeth is linked to stress or anxiety, it may be beneficial to seek help with coping mechanisms.