Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time.Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm,but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged andother oral health complications can arise.
Why DoPeople Grind Their Teeth?
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it oftenoccurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing orcrooked teeth.
How Do IFind Out if I Grind My Teeth?
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware thatthey grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is atelltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind theirteeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. Heor she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jawtenderness and abnormalities in your teeth.
Why IsTeeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing,loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down tostumps. When these events happen, bridges, crowns, root canals, implants,partial dentures, and even complete dentures may be needed.
Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, itcan also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, andeven change the appearance of your face.
What CanI Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth fromgrinding during sleep.
If stress is causing you to grind your teeth, ask your doctor or dentistabout options to reduce your stress.