Do you wake up with a sore jaw or a dull headache?
Until you experience pain, or have a dental checkup, you may not realize that you have a condition called “bruxism”- a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth. Many patients are unaware of this habit because it often occurs while they sleep. In addition to causing muscle and joint discomfort that can lead to TMJ disorder, clenching and grinding can cause enamel wear and fractures, tooth looseness, and eventually may lead to tooth loss.
Bruxism can develop at any age and several factors may be involved. Stressful situations, problems sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may be responsible.
Regular dental checkups are important to minimize the damage caused by clenching and grinding and to determine the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Treatment may include one or more of the following: a night-guard appliance, a bite adjustment, or an orthodontic consultation.
If you suspect that you are routinely grinding or clenching your teeth, please set up an appointment for a consultation.