Teeth grinding is a common dental problem that’s just as commonly ignored. The real trouble lies in the fact that teeth grinding occurs without your conscious effort. While you’re sleeping or concentrating deeply, grinding happens without you realizing. This is why it often takes years for patients to seek treatment for chronic teeth grinding (also known as bruxism). This week’s blog post will help you determine whether you’re grinding, and will also discuss your potential solutions.
Denver Dentist on Signs of Teeth Grinding
As most grinding takes place at night, it’s important to evaluate the way your mouth feels when you wake up in the morning. If you’re experiencing a combination of the following, it’s likely that your jaws have been active in the night:
Discomfort in front of your ears / across your face
Jaw tightness or tiredness
Poor quality of sleep
You can also look in the mirror and examine your teeth for signs that grinding has been taking place. If you have newly flat surfaces on the tops of your teeth, you’ve probably been grinding the enamel away! It’s time to seek the aid of a night guard.
Night Guards for Bruxism in Denver
A night guard is worn while you’re sleeping to protect your teeth from themselves. Depending on your mouth and severity of your grinding, your night guard will differ. Some patients wear a guard on only their upper or lower teeth; this type of guard doesn’t stop the lower jaw from moving, but protects tooth surfaces from ear. Patients with more serious cases of bruxism wear guards that restrict jaw movement to prevent any clenching or grinding from taking place.
No matter your mouth, we will find a solution. Should night guards not do the trick, we will refer you to a specialist to ensure you do not develop a TMJ disorder. If grinding’s been on your mind, don’t hesitate to get in touch!