Don’t Grind Away Your Smile!
At Hubbard & Leath Dental, we are in the business of helping our patients improve the oral health. This includes restorative care and cosmetic services.
But this goes beyond fighting cavities and gum disease. It means more than whitening teeth to remove stains.
Sometimes, people can be their mouths worst enemy even if they don’t know it .
Teeth grinding , also known as bruxism, is an issue that affects millions of people across the United States, including hundreds, if not thousands in and around Rochester Hills, MI.
Fortunately, we have ways to help fight teeth grinding. Below we’ll be discussing some of the common symptoms of teeth grinding. Call 248-266-2528 or contact us online to request an appointment if any of them seems familiar.
➤ Headaches & Earaches
We want to say up front that we know that many things can cause headaches and earaches to occur. Pay particular attention notice headaches after stressful events or frequently when you wake up in the morning.
Many people respond to stress by grinding their teeth together subconsciously. This can happen when you are awake, and millions of people do this in their sleep as well.
If you spend hours each night grinding your teeth against one another, then you’ll understand why your head may hurt when you wake up.
➤ Jaw Pain
You can experience jaw pain as a direct result of grinding your teeth into one another. In fact, this could be contributing to a TMJ problem or TMJ disorder.
TMJ is temporomandibular joint. These are ball-and-socket joints on each side of your head where your lower jaw (the mandible) connects to your skull. These joints are the pivot points for your jaw to move.
Grinding your teeth together puts added stress on your TMJ as well as the muscles and tissues around those joints.
You may notice jaw pain in the mornings (if you are a frequent nighttime teeth grinder). You also may notice that you have pain after eating hard or chewy foods.
➤ Jaw Stiffness
You may experience jaw stiffness in conjunction with or separate from jaw pain. The added stress on the tissues around your jaw may make it difficult to open and close your mouth completely.
Some people even feel like their jaws become stuck temporarily. Applying moist heat can help loosen the joints if the problem persists.
➤ Worn-down Teeth
This may not be something you will notice, but it is something our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental will be looking for when you make an appointment with us.
From a dental standpoint, teeth grinding can be devastating. When you grinding your teeth together, you may be wearing down the enamel. This can expose the softer layers of your teeth and increase your risk of tooth infections.
The strain of clenching and grinding also can lead to cracks in your teeth, or it can affect fillings or dental crowns.
No matter how you look at it, grinding your teeth together is not good for your oral health.
Grinding your teeth is a problem that can disrupt your daily life.
Pounding headaches and earaches can make it difficult to focus on your work or to give your family your attention. When the headaches are bad enough, you may want to avoid other people entirely until the pain goes away.
Jaw pain and stiffness can be equally uncomfortable. It may cause you to avoid certain foods.
And the wear and tear on your teeth aren’t good either.
Since your grinding may be a reaction to stress, that might require solutions outside of dental care. But to stop the immediate problem, we can design a special appliance or split that you wear between your teeth at night.
This will act as a barrier, preventing you from grinding your teeth together. The splint also can help relax the muscles around your jaw. Most patients tell us that wearing the splint while they sleep has greatly reduced or eliminated the headaches, jaw pain, and other problems they had been experiencing.
We want you to keep smiling. We don’t want you to be in pain.