Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth either unconsciously when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism). If you or Dr. Hart suspect that you may be suffering from the effects of bruxism, Dr. Hart will try to determine its cause by asking questions about your general dental health, medications, daily routines and sleep habits. Mild bruxism may not require treatment, however for some people, frequent and severe bruxism can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
- Teeth grinding or clenching, sometimes loud enough to wake up your sleep partner.
- Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth.
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth.
- Increased tooth pain or sensitivity.
- Tight or tired jaw muscles.
- Locked jaw that won’t open or close completely.
- Soreness or pain in jaw, neck or face.
- Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s actually not a problem with your ear.
- Dull headache starting in the temples.
- Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek.
- Sleep disruption.
If you are looking for bruxism therapy, give the office of Dr. Ron Hart, DDS a call today. We look forward to answering your questions, and hope to see you at your next visit!