If you wake up almost every morning experiencing jaw pain or a headache, it is possible that you are clenching or grinding your teeth during the night. The medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism and the longer it continues, the more likely it is that teeth will suffer damage. Teeth grinding and clenching can cause more than just discomfort, it can eventually lead to teeth and jaw problems that require dental procedures to repair. Finding ways to stop teeth grinding is essential for your oral and overall health.
Physical Factors That Contribute To Bruxism
There are many possible causes of bruxism, including a misaligned bite or trauma to the jaw or mouth that puts added stress on the temporomandibular joint. If you think you might have a misaligned bite, notice that certain teeth are moving out of place or suffer from symptoms that may indicate TMJ disorder, orthodontics can be a treatment option.
Symptoms Of Bruxism
Bruxism often presents with the following symptoms following sleep:
• Frequent dull headache
• Jaw or neck soreness
• Painful or loose teeth
• Cracked teeth
Treatment For Bruxism
A night guard can be made from different materials and is made to fit on the upper or lower teeth. We will decide what type of material and what type of night guard is best for you. Store bought generic night guards are not recommended as they are not custom fit to your bite and could actually cause more damage to your jaw joint.
If you are not sure what is causing your bruxism, but you need relief from your symptoms, try the following dietary tips. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, both of which can exacerbate the problem. Also, avoid chewing gum or gnawing on pencils or items that are not food. All of these can cause your bruxism to worsen.
For more information about bruxism or additional treatment options, including a mouth guard to wear while sleeping, contact our office today at 203-612-5529.