Perhaps you had a particularly irritating day at work, and you realize that at the end of your shift your jaw was clenched tight the entire time. Or maybe you grind your teeth when you are nervous or anxious about an upcoming work evaluation. Some people will grind their teeth from time to time, but it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic tooth grinding. This condition is known as Bruxism and it can lead to serious oral health problems and dental issues later.
Signs and symptoms of Bruxism
- Does your partner complain about the fact that you grind your teeth while you sleep? People who grind their teeth on a regular basis often do so at night without knowing. So, your partner will more than likely notice if you develop this condition. If he or she mentions that it happens often, you might want to contact Laurich Dentistry for a professional opinion.
- You may experience a persistent and unexplained headache if you grind your teeth too often. You may not realize that your teeth grinding is the cause of your headaches. Take note of any headaches you have, and if you cannot attribute them to another source, please give our team a call to set up an appointment with Dr. Matt Laurich & Dr. Dennis Laurich.
- If you suffer from Bruxism, you’ll tend to notice an ache or soreness in your jaw. If you wake up in the morning and have any discomfort in your jaw, you might have spent the night grinding your teeth. Don’t worry, our team can give you some tips and advice on managing Bruxism, just give us a call.
While many people associate their teeth grinding with stress, it actually is caused more often by crooked teeth, an overbite, or an underbite. We asked our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist Greeley, CO, to share what happens if Bruxism is left untreated. Dr. Dhoon says that if left untreated, Bruxism can lead to a variety of complications, including dental injuries, hearing loss, and the onset of TMD. If you think that you might be a chronic tooth grinder, schedule an appointment with one of Laurich Dentistry professionals and find out what treatment options are for you.