Do you wake up in the morning with a sore or aching jaw, or perhaps a persistent headache? Have you noticed your teeth look a bit chipped or feel rough in certain areas? It is possible you may have bruxism, a damaging condition caused by clenching and grinding your teeth. One of the main problems of bruxism is that it is generally subconscious and occurs at night. As a result it can often go unnoticed unless the signs are picked up by your dentist, or when you begin to experience unpleasant symptoms due to the damage caused by bruxism.
How Can Bruxism Affect Your Teeth and Jaws?
Unfortunately in a number of different ways as the stresses can wear down or chip teeth, or in the worse cases may break or fracture them. The forces created by bruxism also affect your gums and may cause gum recession. Bruxism can even result in tooth loss. These stresses also affect your jaw joints, called your temporomandibular joints, and may cause pain and inflammation that can spread to your facial muscles or even to your neck and shoulders.
What to Do If You Think You Have Bruxism
Please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with Apple Dental. An early diagnosis helps prevent further damage to your teeth and jaws and treatment is more straightforward. We can provide a custom-made nightguard to prevent your teeth from contacting, protecting your teeth from this harmful condition.