What Happens When You Grind Your Teeth at Night and Don't Notice?

Posted on 8/20/2019 by Dr. Leary
What Happens When You Grind Your Teeth at Night and Don't Notice?Grinding your teeth at night can have painful results. These include headaches, jaw pain, and damaging your teeth. While these are things that you'll notice, there are some other things that bruxism does to your teeth that you may not notice.

What Bruxism Does to Your Teeth When Left Untreated

Unfortunately, bruxism will hurt more than your teeth. It'll also aggravate your jaw's joints, especially the ones in your lower jaw. This can cause pain, tightness, earaches, and headaches. This can also result in TMJ.

Of course, bruxism also affects your teeth. It can wear down your enamel. When this happens, your teeth will become even more sensitive. You may also “accidentally” break or chip one of your teeth because of the incredible force you've put on them.

Severe bruxism does a lot of damage, especially when it's done on a regular basis. You may not even know it's happening. When we look in your mouth during a routine dental exam, we'll be able to notice that it's happening though.

Treating Bruxism

Fortunately, we can also treat it. However, in most cases you won't need treatment unless you have a severe problem. This is especially true if your bruxism occurs mainly in the daytime because you can learn to take notice of it and when you do, simply relax your jaw. If you do need treatment, we may recommend that you wear a plastic mouth guard to bed at night so you don't grind your teeth while you're sleeping. This is something we can easily fit you with when you visit our office.

When you're suffering from bruxism, we'll notice its symptoms when we conduct an oral exam of your mouth at your next routine dental appointment. By discovering these signs, we can diagnose your issue and help you start to feel better. This is why you should call and make an appointment for a routine cleaning and checkup today.
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