Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, neck pain, facial pain, tiredness throughout the day? Do you find that chewing hurts your jaw? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. While it can be very painful and damaging to your teeth and jaws, it is a condition that once diagnosed, can be treated with a great deal of success.
Why Do I Grind My Teeth?
Bruxism affects up to a third of the population, and occurs more often in women than men. It is often a result of stress, anxiety, tension, missing teeth, poor posture or even poor sleeping habits. Your jaw may also be misaligned or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be damaged. Finding the root cause of why you grind your teeth will play a big part in treating the problem.
What Problems Are Caused By Teeth Grinding?
Bruxism can be a habit that has developed over a lifetime which means that the effects to your teeth, jaws and facial/head/neck muscles can be very extensive. The damage to the enamel of your teeth can result in teeth that are misshapen, discolored or even misaligned, which often further contributes to your teeth grinding. Having as smile that you are not happy with also contributes to your overall level of stress and anxiety, which again can lead to more grinding.
Grinding your teeth can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. This condition is marked by pain in your face, neck, head, back and even arms that can be excruciating. While pain medication may provide temporary relief, a permanent solution can be provided at our dental office.
Working with our team, we can determine what causes you to grind your teeth, assess the damage to your teeth and jaws and come up with a treatment plan. Once we correct the problem and stop the cycle, healing can begin.