Do you grind your teeth? This is a more common habit than most people realize. Fortunately, Lynn Palmer DDS has a lot of experience dealing with this problem.
There are many reasons why you might grind your teeth. Stress and anxiety can cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep. That is because anxiety can really tense you up, causing you to rub your teeth together and putting pressure on both teeth and joints. However, it could be that your teeth grinding is caused by other health issues such as an abnormal bite, crooked or missing teeth, and even sleep apnea have been known to cause teeth grinding
Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism, and it doesn’t always do serious damage to your teeth, but if you grind your teeth regularly, over time you can really wear away at your teeth or cause other health issues. That’s why it’s important that if you grind your teeth, you should go and visit a dentist as soon as possible.
That question is a good one. If teeth grinding is more commonly occurring at night, then how do I figure out for sure if I’m doing it? Waking up with a sore jaw or a consistent headache can be a pretty clear sign of bruxism.
Often though, family or loved ones tell someone that they have been grinding their teeth at night. Sometimes nothing can match the observations of those around you. It can be easy to forget that teeth grinding is so common.
If you have been grinding your teeth regularly for years, you can wear down your teeth to nubs or even break them. This can cause a need for bridges, implants, or more to help replace the loss of the tooth. Heavy teeth grinding can harm your jaw or even realign your face.
Along with taking steps to manage the stress causing your grinding, your dentist can craft a mouth guard that will protect your teeth from damage while providing comfort while you sleep.
Give Dr. Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS a call to set up an appointment today.