If you wake up to a sore jawbone, tooth sensitivity, or slight headaches, these are all warning signs that you have been grinding your teeth. While it’s common for people to grind their teeth or clench their jaw occasionally, tooth damage can occur if done too often. Commonly referred to as bruxism, chronic teeth grinding can occur for multiple reasons, and when it does, Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help!
Understanding Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can be hard to notice, as most people do this in their sleep or when they are dealing with high-stress levels. Additionally, people with misaligned teeth are more likely to experience teeth grinding. Dr. Wingate looks for the following signs of teeth grinding during your routine visits:
- Worn or “flat” teeth
- Chipped, cracked teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Clicking or popping jaws
If you notice any of these symptoms yourself, you should contact our office to discuss potential treatment options in order to avoid permanent tooth damage.
Dr. Wingate and our team will work with you to understand the underlying cause of your bruxism. You will also be evaluated for tooth damage or gum inflammation. All of this information will be used to create your personalized treatment plan.
We recommend many of our patients who experience chronic teeth grinding to utilize a night guard. A night guard is a custom-made covering worn over the teeth that allow the jaw muscles to relax and prevents tooth damage. Similar to a sports mouthguard, a nightguard is removable and can be used on an as-needed basis. Through the use of a nightguard, we are typically able to relieve patients of all the uncomfortable symptoms brought on by teeth grinding.