Often, problems with your mouth and teeth can be readily identified. However, there are times when you may experience symptoms that don’t seem to have a cause. Bruxism or teeth grinding is one of those conditions in which you may not be aware of the cause while dealing with the symptoms.
You may be grinding your teeth at night, or subconsciously, if your jaw muscles feel tight or you wake up in the mornings with a headache. You may experience pain in your face or contractions of the muscles in your jaw. Your spouse or partner may inform you that they can hear you grinding your teeth at night, or your dentist may be the first one to notice the damage to your teeth.
Bruxism can lead to damage to the enamel to your teeth or can cause them to chip or crack over time. It can be caused by teeth that are improperly aligned, a symptom of a disease or a side effect of some medications, and it is often caused by stress. Bruxism may go away on its own, and that is often the case with children. However, your dentist may need to correct your alignment issues, fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep, or work with you to find ways to reduce your stress.
If you are coping with the symptoms of bruxism, or your spouse is tired of you keeping them up at night, our professional dental team may be able to help you. If you live in the Alpharetta, GA, area and would like to make an appointment at Don Harvey Dental Comprehensive Dentistry, call 770-343-6565 today and let’s get you started on your way to healthy teeth and a good night’s sleep.