Bruxism: Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, affects a large population on a daily basis. Some people may suffer from this condition and not know it.

When visiting a dentist, they will examine your mouth to see if there is any evidence of gnashing or clenching of the jaw or teeth.  The unconscious teeth clenching or grinding may occur at night and leave you with little symptoms to alert you to the problem. This is why it is important to see a dentist at a minimum of every 6 months.  Regularly scheduled dental check ups allows you to catch any problems, like Bruxism, that may go unnoticed by the untrained eye.

Bruxism can occur during the night or the day.  Night time teeth clenching is and grinding is categorized as a sleep disorder.  There is a high percentage of people who suffer from snoring or sleep apnea and also grind or clench their teeth.

Mild cases of bruxism rarely need to be treated. However, some people suffer from a severe case of bruxism and will find pain or embarrassment from damaged teeth, jaw problems and even headaches.

Bruxism, if left unchecked, can cause many gateway problems to your oral cavity over time. If you think that you suffer from bruxism, be sure to have it checked out promptly.  Serious problems and complications from long term bruxism can cause permanent damage to your teeth.

The following are signs and symptoms of Bruxism:

  • Teeth that are shorter and that match up flat when placed on top of one another
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Waking up from grinding or clenching
  • Worn Enamel
  • Sensitivity
  • Fatigued Jaw
  • Face pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Referred Ear Pain
  • Indentations on the tongue
  • Cheek

If you believe that you may suffer from teeth grinding or clenching, call and speak with our Seven Oaks Dental staff immediately.  It is important to care for this problem before more chronic pain or damage takes place.