Do you often catch yourself clenching or grinding your teeth? You may have bruxism, a dental condition characterized by those two conditions. Bruxism may be caused by crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or stress and anxiety. Many people may not realize they are grinding their teeth because bruxism often occurs unconsciously during sleep or in stressful situations.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple common symptoms that accompany chronic teeth grinding and clenching:
- Worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Teeth clenching
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chronic headaches
- Facial pain
- Muscle tenderness
- Fractured teeth
- Loose teeth
There are short and long-term health consequences of untreated bruxism. Irritated nerves and facial pain may be short-term consequences. Tooth enamel can become weaker over time with increased tension and can become damaged or worn down.
Clenching or grinding teeth increases pressure on teeth as well, and its pressure is 40 times stronger than the pressure exerted from normal chewing. During sleep, the pressure of teeth grinding is not alleviated, so those who have problems with night bruxism may have weakened gums and teeth while being unaware of the problem.
If left untreated, bruxism can cause severe damage to teeth, jaw muscles, and joints.
Treating Bruxism in Charlotte
The most moderate cases of bruxism can be treated through behavior modification. Tongue exercises and learning how to properly align the tongue, teeth, and lips can be helpful in treating this condition. The Stewart Dental Group offers treatment with oral appliances for patients with mild to moderate bruxism.
Oral appliances act like mouthguards and prevent teeth from grinding together. They also take the pressure off of the jaw and allow teeth to properly align. After receiving treatment with oral appliances, some patients may need restorative treatment. If teeth have been worn down or damaged due to bruxism, they can receive dental crowns to protect teeth from further wear and tear.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
Can teeth heal from grinding?
Teeth do not heal from grinding. Any damage done from teeth grinding is permanent. Patients may get a mouthguard to protect their teeth from further damage, however past damage cannot be reversed.
What supplements help with bruxism?
Patients who struggle with teeth grinding may take dietary supplements to help. Studies have shown that eating foods high in vitamin b-5 or taking supplements of it may help regulate teeth grinding symptoms. Magnesium and calcium have also been shown to lessen patients teeth grinding and improve their sleeping.
What damage can grinding teeth cause?
Teeth grinding causes damage to the surface of teeth and can cause other health issues. These include chronic headaches, jaw pain, toothaches, and tooth damage. If teeth grinding is not treated patients will progressively cause more and more damage until enamel wears down. Once damage has reached enamel patients are at a higher risk to experience tooth decay.
Stop Teeth Grinding Today
Do you want to stop chronic teeth clenching and grinding? Call the Stewart Dental Group for comprehensive treatment at 704-255-4256. You can also schedule an appointment with us online today. Our professional team will work with you to stop your bruxism and treat any tooth damage.