What To Do When You Grind Your Teeth

What To Do When You Grind Your Teeth Emerald Isle NCIf you grind your teeth, it is imperative that you visit the dentist to help avoid severe damage to your teeth, jaw, and gums. 

Teeth grinding, or bruxism is a serious oral health concern that may affect the appearance, health, and function of your teeth if left untreated. Teeth grinding occurs when a patient routinely grinds their upper and lower jaw together. Teeth grinding usually occurs while a patient sleeps, making it difficult to diagnose. Most patients don’t realize they grind their teeth until they visit an experienced dentist.

Common Signs of Teeth Grinding:

  • Fractured, teeth, and cracked teeth
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Locked Jaw
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Worn or damaged tooth enamel
  • Jaw, neck, or facial pain or soreness

Knowing the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding can help patients receive the dental care they need. If you notice one or more of these signs, be sure to inform your dentist during your next visit.

Dr. Aubrey Myers is a highly trained dentist in Emerald Isle, NC.  During a visit to Emerald Isle Dental Studio, Dr. Myers will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to spot any signs of teeth grinding. Dr. Myers will also discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, and create a personalized solution based on your oral health needs.

Known Causes of Teeth Grinding

In some cases, teeth grinding may be categorized as a sleep-related disorder. Most patients grind their teeth while they sleep; while others grind their teeth while they are awake. Teeth grinding may be caused by stress, anxiety, malocclusion, sleep apnea, missing or crooked teeth, or medication.

Dr. Myers will evaluate your oral cavity and discuss your symptoms before recommending appropriate treatment. Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of teeth grinding. In some cases, Dr. Myers may recommend specific lifestyle changes like physical therapy or exercises to help alleviate teeth grinding.

When applicable, Dr. Myers may suggest an oral sleep appliance for patients who grind their teeth while they sleep. An oral sleep appliance is custom designed and fit to reposition the jaw during sleep. An oral sleep appliance can help eliminate teeth grinding, and therefore reducing the amount of damage to the teeth and jaw.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are experiencing any symptoms of teeth grinding, visit Emerald Isle Dental Studio in Emerald Isle, NC. To schedule an appointment, call (252) 370-9611 or request an appointment online.