Do you ever clench or grind your teeth when you’re eager or nervous? Sadly, teeth grinding—which is sometimes referred to as bruxism—may cause a number of serious problems. While this may not seem to be an issue for you, would you be surprised to learn that many individuals have bruxism, but simply don’t realize it? Naturally, this is a problem, especially because you may clench your teeth while you’re resting.
Sadly, there are a number of issues you may have to deal with if you have bruxism. For instance, your enamel could wear down, which may leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay. Furthermore, clenching your teeth could lead to tension headaches or even migraines. Similarly, clenching your teeth could lead to chipped or fractured teeth. In fact, if you have bruxism, you could actually lose all of your teeth.
Fortunately, even though you could be clenching your teeth unwillingly, there are a few symptoms you can watch for. For instance, as a result of teeth grinding, you could face dull headaches, especially after you sleep. Your mouth and muscles may frequently feel sore. Sadly, you may also experience pain in your ear, damage to the insides of your cheeks, and even indentations on your tongue.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to address bruxism—though your solution will depend on the source of your problem. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to address the issue. Often, a custom mouth guard will be the solution our team recommends, though having teeth realigned may work as well.
If you’re interested in learning more about bruxism, please feel free to give Monon Family Dental at 317-846-6188. Dr. Zachary Allmand and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.