Teeth Grinding: What You Need to Know

Smile Workshop is a family dentistry that specializes in everything from teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry services. It is our goal to fix any dental problem you or your children have and also keep you informed on how to avoid future dental issues. Knowing exactly what is bad for your dental health will help you avoid future dental problems.

Did you know most people occasionally grind their teeth while sleeping? Teeth grinding (scientifically known as bruxism) occurs when the jaw clenches and begins to slightly move in a back-and-forth motion. The most common side effect of bruxism is waking up with a headache and a sore jaw. Extreme cases can result in severely worn-down molars and even cause tooth loss. If more severe cases of bruxism are ignored, long-term jaw and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) problems can occur and even affect hearing and facial structure. If you suspect you have been grinding your teeth during the night, make sure to ask your dentist to thoroughly inspect all problem areas.

The exact cause of bruxism isn’t entirely known. However, most doctors believe levels of high stress and anxiety cause people to grind their teeth while sleeping. If you grind your teeth, there are several easy ways to prevent further damage. The most efficient way to combat bruxism is to purchase a bite plate. Custom bite plates are designed to be an identical fit inside your mouth and can be built by your dentist. Inexpensive models can usually be found in the health section of your local grocery store; however, they don’t guarantee the same level of comfort that a customized bite plate provides.

Smile Workshop has a long history of treating patients who suffer from bruxism. We have experience identifying and stopping the effects of bruxism before there is significant damage. Patients who identify teeth grinding early on can prevent possible future root canals, crowns and bridges. If you are concerned about grinding your teeth, call the closest Smile Workshop and set up an appointment.

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