Have you been told you grind your teeth while you sleep? Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common problem that can damage your teeth, annoy your sleeping partner and cause other health issues. At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we want to help you protect your smile and get relief from bruxism. We offer general dentistry treatment in the form of customized nightguards that can protect your teeth and relieve other symptoms of nocturnal teeth grinding or clenching.
Bruxism covers several behaviors in relation to the jaw and teeth. It includes grinding, clenching, gritting or gnashing of the teeth, especially during sleep. Considering the muscles in your jaw are some of the strongest in the body, asserting up to 600 pounds of pressure, this can do considerable damage to your teeth and jaw. Some of the symptoms and effects of night teeth grinding or clenching include:
- Damaged teeth, including fractures, worn enamel and diminished tooth material
- Damaged jaw joint, possibly leading to TMD/TMJ
- Loosened teeth
- Jaw and tooth pain
- Headaches and jaw aches
- Lost teeth
Causes of bruxism can be physical or emotional. High stress can be the trigger for grinding teeth, but other issues like misalignment of the bite or crooked teeth can also cause the behavior.