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When you chew, there are about 30-40 pounds of pressure put on your teeth. If you grind your teeth, that pressure can increase to 250 pounds. Yikes! It’s no wonder that people who suffer from regular teeth grinding (or bruxism) often experience excruciating toothaches, dental damage, and jaw pain.
In many cases, a person doesn’t know that they grind their teeth because it typically happens during sleep. A family member, roommate, or spouse will usually complain about the loud sound keeping them up at night. In some cases, a dentist can diagnose teeth grinding just by looking at the patient’s mouth and hearing about their symptoms.
If you suspect you suffer from teeth grinding, or if you’ve recently been diagnosed with bruxism, here are three things you should know:
1. There are many reasons for teeth grinding.
Bruxism isn’t something that just happens–there is always a cause. You may suffer from teeth grinding due to one or more of these reasons:
Pay attention to your habits and how you feel when you wake up in the morning. Ask yourself these questions:
The answers to these questions will help you determine what’s causing you to grind your teeth. When you visit the dentist, he or she will ask questions as well to help get to the root of the issue. Once the cause has been determined, your dentist will create a plan to protect your teeth from damage and reduce your risk of continued teeth grinding.
2. Without treatment, you might suffer some serious consequences.
Those 250 pounds of pressure can significantly and negatively impact your teeth, gums, jaws, and overall health. Six of the most common consequence of teeth grinding include:
To avoid these consequences, seek professional treatment as soon as you experience symptoms of teeth grinding.
3. Dentists offer several treatment options to protect your teeth and help you stop teeth grinding.
Treatment for bruxism should include two things: a way to protect your teeth from damage and addressing the underlying issue.
When you visit your local dentist, he or she will thoroughly examine your mouth for signs of teeth grinding, discuss your symptoms, determine the cause, and evaluate the extent of the bruxism.
Based on your dentist’s findings, he or she will recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Start Your Journey Toward Teeth Grinding Prevention and Pain Relief Today
If you suffer from bruxism, don’t wait any longer to seek treatment. An experienced dentist can spot the damage done by teeth grinding and create a customized plan to help protect your smile and relieve the pain caused by bruxism. Call our team today to schedule an initial consultation and discuss your teeth grinding treatment options.