Do You Exhibit These Signs Of Teeth Grinding?

If you clench or grind your teeth at night while you sleep—a condition called bruxism—your NW Calgary dentist will likely recommend you wear a protective appliance or mouth guard to safeguard your teeth. But how do you know if you have bruxism? After all, it is a condition that occurs while you’re sleeping. Unless someone points out to you that you click and grind your teeth at night, you might not know. Here then are some signs to look out for.


You have a chipped or fractured tooth

Teeth grinding can be detrimental to your oral health. One of the biggest concerns is that the constant pressure can wear down or flatten your teeth and even lead to chips and fractures. If you have chipped teeth or a worn tooth, a visit to your dentist is in order. In Calgary NW, Panatella Dental is available to take new patients.


Sensitive teeth
There are all kinds of reasons that people can have sensitive teeth and one of them is bruxism. Because teeth grinding can strip away the protective outer layer of your teeth—enamel—affected individuals can experience pain when drinking or eating something hot, cold or sweet. Sensitive teeth should never be ignored and absolutely warrant a visit to your dentist.


You have a headache every morning
If you frequently roll out of bed in the morning with a headache, it may be due to the associated tension in your face that comes from nightly teeth grinding. Because the muscles in your face don’t get a chance to relax while you sleep, pressure and tautness around your head can be the result and lead to headaches.


You get unexplained earaches
For the same types of reasons that bruxism can result in headaches, bruxism can also lead to experiencing pain in the ears.


You have TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a medical condition characterized by soreness and inflammation of the jaw joint or muscles in this area. Difficulty chewing food or pain that inhibits the ability to open the mouth are also common with TMD. Bruxism is a common instigator of this disorder.


Causes
While the exact causes behind bruxism are unclear, medical experts believe both physical and psychological factors may contribute to the condition. Some commonly believed influences include:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Sleep apnea
  • Malocclusion, a misalignment between upper and lower teeth
  • Acid reflux
  • Certain medications, especially some used to treat depression


NW Calgary Mouth Guard Treatment

The most frequently prescribed treatment for bruxism is a dental mouth guard or bruxism appliance. In Calgary NW, a dentist from Panatella Dental can provide you with a quality, custom fit mouth guard to help you protect your teeth from the dangers of grinding. While not a cure, mouth guards ensure your teeth are safeguarded against damage. If you think you have bruxism, contact us today to make an appointment with one of our caring NW Calgary dentists.

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