Do you grind your teeth?
Does your jaw hurt? Do you wake yourself up during the night? Maybe the sound is loud enough that others nearby can hear it? We have some solutions that can help.
Grinding is when you move your teeth side-to-side or back and forth over each other. Sometimes it makes a sound but it can be silent. Clenching is holding your teeth together tightly. Most people do not know they are grinding or clenching because they do it while they are sleeping. For a smaller number daytime grinding or clenching is also reported. The clinical term for clenching or grinding your teeth and jaw is bruxism.
If you are bruxer, you may have one or more of these symptoms: headache, earache, jaw pain, sensitive teeth, jaw clicking or popping, facial pain, worn or cracked teeth and fillings, trouble sleeping. Bruxism is caused by stress, sleep disorders and abnormal bite but the exact causes of grinding and clenching are unknown.
Regular checkups are important to find evidence of damage early and to manage your bruxism. Your dentist can identify bruxism by checking for wear spots on teeth or sheared off enamel and looking at any related symptoms.
Initial therapy includes a soft diet, use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anightguard. Your dentist may also suggest stress reduction practices, medication for the pain and muscle spasms, hot and cold compresses, exercises to relax jaw muscles, and repair damaged teeth and fillings. The goal is to prevent further damage to your teeth, relax your jaw muscles, put joint in a restful position and achieve a more restful sleep.
Call us at 740-452-3697 or email info@dorostidental if you suspect you might have symptoms of grinding and clenching or bruxism. We are here to help.