Teeth grinding at night, also known as bruxism, is a puzzling phenomenon. Sometimes, it’s a symptom of an underlying condition. Other times, it’s a sign that you’re feeling stressed and anxious. While figuring out the root cause of teeth grinding can be difficult, it’s relatively easy to spot the symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?
Occasionally, we have patients who grind their teeth at night but experience no symptoms beyond some wear and tear on their tooth enamel. Other times, patients experience more serious symptoms. Common signs of teeth grinding include facial pain, ear pain, headaches, jaw stiffness, and sleep disruptions. In severe cases, clenching or grinding your teeth can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, or even tooth loss.
What Other Damage Does Teeth Grinding Cause?
Although tooth enamel is the strongest surface in your body, it is still susceptible to damage from teeth grinding. Teeth grinding can expose the delicate material underneath your enamel and lead to increased tooth sensitivity. Teeth with weak enamel are also at a higher risk for developing cavities and decay.
How Do We Protect Your Teeth If You Grind At Night?
Dr. Patel usually treats teeth grinding by creating a custom-fitted nightguard. They’re comfortable to wear while sleeping, they protect your pearly whites, and they’re affordable. In most cases, we can create a nightguard during your visit, so you don’t need to come back to the office to pick it up. Simply put it on when you’re going to bed, and enjoy a good night’s sleep knowing that you’re protecting yourself.
Contact Us Today for a Consultation!
Experts believe that up to 10 percent of Americans chronically grind their teeth at night. Not only can teeth grinding lead to painful symptoms, it can also cause lasting damage to your smile. To schedule a consultation for a night guard or to ask our team any questions about teeth grinding, call our office today!
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