How to Handle Your Teeth Grinding Problem

If you’re waking up at all hours of the night or causing yourself toothaches because of your teeth grinding problem, then it is important to figure out how to treat it. There is no reason why you should have to suffer with the problems that bruxism or teeth grinding cause. Bruxism is when your involuntarily grind or clench your teeth and jaw muscles, while you are sleeping. Although it may not sound serious or life threatening grinding your teeth can cause a number of problem because the back and forth motion and constant pressure can ruin your teeth.

  • Headaches may result
  • Teeth may become sensitive
  • Tooth enamel may get worn down
  • Jaw problems can be caused or worsened
  • Teeth can become damaged, fractured, cracked

Next time you go in for a dental check-up ask your dentist if they notice any signs that you are grinding your teeth. Many people don’t realize they have a problem with bruxism until a problem occurs. Thankfully, there are many options out there to help anybody suffering from bruxism.

Treatment Options

  • Mouth guard, bruxism, teeth grindingYou may be grinding your teeth for a number of different reasons, but many people experience bruxism when they are stressed. If you are dealing with a lot of stress then you may want to try therapy, yoga, exercise or some activity to reduce your stress levels.
  • Dentists may prescribe that you use a physical barrier to prevent you from grinding your teeth like splints or mouth guards. You can get a mouth guard that is molded to your teeth that looks like a invisalign or buy one from a local store that is softer that will mold around your teeth.
  • If you have misaligned teeth or a bite problem this can also cause bruxism. Your dentist may recommend that you get your teeth aligned to prevent you from grinding your teeth.

If you’re experiencing any dental problems, contact Greenspoint Dental. We have restorative, cosmetic and general dental procedures to best help you.