Oftentimes, bruxism can arise due to several factors. If you aren’t aware of what bruxism is, it is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. Many times, it happens when you’re asleep, but it also can happen subconsciously while you are awake. Bruxism can be linked to stress or other issues with your oral health. If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, it is important to let your dentist know so you can be fitted with a night guard or bite plate to protect yourself.
Common symptoms of bruxism include worn teeth that are flattened or fractured. Some individuals grind their teeth loud enough that sleep partners or roommates can hear it. Furthermore, continual grinding of your teeth will eventually wear down your tooth enamel and expose the inner workings of your teeth. This is dangerous as bacteria can enter your teeth and cause pulp death, which can lead to tooth death.
Another common symptom of bruxism includes a locked jaw that won’t fully open or closed. This may also be linked to a TMJ disorder, which often goes hand-in-hand with bruxism. Further symptoms include tired or tight jaw muscles, jaw and facial pain, earaches and headaches, cheek tissue damage, and indentations on your tongue.
Dr. Shelly Galvin and our team are here to provide you with bruxism treatments at our dentist office in Kansas City, Kansas. Our dentist at Westwood Dental can help repair your smile. To set up an appointment, please contact us at 913-432-0765.