If you’ve been told that you grind your teeth at night, you’re not alone. Occasional tooth grinding (also called bruxism) is a common problem, and it can cause wear on your teeth and even headaches. But don’t worry – our Glendale dental team can help!
In this post, we’ll give you the facts on dental grinding and tell you what you can do to protect your teeth. Keep reading to learn more!
We use the term “bruxism” to talk about any chronic dental grinding or clenching habit. You may realize that you’re grinding your teeth if you:
- Experience frequent headaches upon waking
- Feel tension or soreness in on your back teeth
- Have neck/jaw/upper back pain
- Deal with jaw clicking and popping
- Are dealing with dental enamel erosion
- Notice that your dental alignment is shifting slightly
Proper treatment is designed to alleviate the tooth-on-tooth pressure that results from bruxism, so that you’re comfortable and your tooth surfaces are protected. Depending on your situation, our dental team may recommend that you:
- Wear a protective mouth piece at night
- Complete orthodontic treatment to bring your bite into better alignment
- Refine your bite surfaces with bonding or restorations
- Integrate jaw stretches into your routine
It is absolutely possible to successfully treat bruxism, and the sooner you begin the better. Our Glendale dentists are here to answer your questions and give you all of the information you need. We look forward to speaking with you!