Bruxism is clenching and grinding of the teeth subconsciously, usually when you’re asleep. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, or certain kinds of sleep disorders, you’re at risk for bruxism. It may sound pretty benign but in truth, bruxism can cause quite a bit of damage. Not only is bruxism bad for your teeth, but it can also cause problems with your jaw and the way your teeth fit together.
Each case of bruxism is unique, but there are a few common symptoms that may indicate that you’re grinding or clenching without realizing it. These symptoms include:
- Frequent headaches, especially when waking up in the morning
- Earache with no apparent cause (tooth pain can radiate into the ears)
- Chronic toothaches with no apparent dental cavities or tooth decay
- Popping or clicking of the jaw, especially when eating or yawning
- Gums beginning to recede
- Teeth beginning to loosen
What We Can Do
Bruxism cannot be cured, but there are ways you can learn to manage it. First of all, we suggest seeking professional help to evaluate and teach you to manage your stress levels. Less anxiety can decrease the frequency and severity of your bruxism. Additionally, Dr. Behar Esmaili can fit you with a custom night guard right here in our office. Night guards fit over the top arch of the teeth, preventing the teeth from grinding together and causing damage.
If you’re experiencing the above symptoms or would like to be fitted for a custom night guard, please don’t hesitate to contact PeakView Dentistry. Our family dental office is located in Boulder, Colorado. The sooner you contact our office, the less damage will ultimately be caused by your bruxism.