Bruxism is a disorder also known as teeth grinding. Bruxism is sub-conscious and often happens while you are asleep. Because it happens without you thinking about it, it can go on for a long time without you noticing. Grinding your teeth every night can cause tiny cracks and chips in your teeth that may not be noticeable until they become problematic. Bruxism can increase your risk for decay, damage, and increased sensitivity to your teeth. It can also increase your risk of developing TMJ disorder. If you think you are grinding your teeth, it is important to seek treatment before it leads to complications.
Are you grinding your teeth?
If it mostly happens while you are asleep, how do you know if you are suffering from bruxism? Well, patients with bruxism often wake up with a headache and pain in their jaw. The tiny chips and cracks in your teeth caused by bruxism can cause an increased sensitivity for the teeth. If you experience pain from cold or sweet food, your sensitivity may be caused by teeth grinding. The tiny chips and cracks can also be great places for decay-causing bacteria to hide. If you have had an increase in cavities or breakage, you may be grinding your teeth. If you have any of your symptoms, talk to your dentist.
The importance of treatment
As mentioned, teeth grinding can increase your risk for damage and decay, along with increasing your risk of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. This causes pain in the joint that moves your jaw. There can also be jaw clicking, pain in the ear, severe headaches, stiff or sore muscles, locking of the jaw joint, misalignment, and more. Your dentist can fit you for an oral appliance to treat your bruxism to prevent these problems from arising.
If you think you may have bruxism, talk to your dentist
Treating bruxism can keep your mouth healthy. Schedule a consultation by calling our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.