Many people grind their teeth and often times they do it at night and never realize that they suffer from bruxism. While there is no definitive cause for bruxism the effects can be very detrimental to your overall oral health. Many patients who grind their teeth suffer from chipped enamel, worn down or flat teeth, loosened teeth or cracked teeth.
Some symptoms of grinding include dull headaches, earaches, sensitive teeth and a sore, tired jaw especially in the morning. If you have one or more of these symptoms it may indicate that you grind your teeth.
There are several treatments for bruxism including wearing a mouthguard that helps prevent the damage that grinding causes. Additionally stress reduction can also help relax you jaw muscles making grinding less likely to occur. If you have damage caused by bruxism Dr. Wright can discuss your options to repair your teeth.