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How Do I Know if I Grind My Teeth?

Last updated 5 years ago

There are several telltale signs. Sore or tender jaws, morning headaches, earaches and neck pain are common signs of moderate to severe bruxing. Others may notice their teeth have become more sensitive over time, or that their teeth look flat or worn. Other physical indications of chronic teeth grinding are chipped teeth; increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages; and loose or broken fillings. To be sure, it’s best to ask your dentist or hygienist. They can give you a definitive answer, and recommend the best treatment options.

Over time, Bruxism will result in the wearing down of your natural tooth enamel, causing pain in the TMJ muscle tension. In fact studies suggest that those who grind and clench their teeth experience up to 80 times the normal wear per day compare with those who do not.

Clenching or grinding teeth (Bruxism) is one of the major causes of fractured teeth. Grinding and clenching puts teeth under excessive pressure making them more susceptible to fractures.

About 50-95% of the populations are bruxers, half of whom become chronic enough to require treatment. Bruxism can occur at any time, but it’s most common at night while sleeping. Because it happens during sleep, most people don’t know they brux until their dentist tells them that they are showing signs of bruxing. Often a spouse or family member hears the grinding sound. When diagnosed early, teeth grinding can be treated before it causes permanent damage to the teeth.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Most often, bruxism is related to stress. It may also be a response to pain elsewhere in the body, or the result of misaligned teeth. Alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants can aggravate the condition, causing more severe grinding or clenching.

Bruxism can wear down and destroy your teeth!

Reduce the risk of wear and tear of your existing healthy teeth by using a nightguard. A clear, thin removable device, a nightguard is custom made to fit over your upper or lower teeth as you sleep. In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pain, it will protect your existing teeth and your dental restorations. It is highly recommended for those who have crowns, bridges, implants and dentures, to offset the effects of this often-subconscious habit that occurs during sleep.

There are different types of Nightguards. Come to City Dental and and Dr. Galina will recommend the correct nightguard for you!

Nightguards are custom made and are easy to insert and remove!

 Made out of clear material which allows for the nightguard being virtually invisible to others!

Stop the Grind wear the Nightguard!


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