Teeth GrindingAn Overview
Some people are surprised to hear that the reason they are experiencing headaches, worn teeth or broken teeth is because of teeth grinding. Most people don’t even realize they grind their teeth because they are doing it while they sleep. Our dentists Dr. Ashley Izadi and Dr. Roham Rafat can easily identify signs of teeth grinding during a routine oral exam and work with patients to identify possible causes as well as how to prevent it- and thus prevent further damage. Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are often key signs that there is an imbalance in the bite that needs to be addressed to restore oral health and prevent teeth grinding, clenching and their side effects.
Bruxism is often referred to as “teeth grinding” and is commonly associated with stress. Stress, which contributes to teeth grinding, can either be from environmental sources and/or stress in the occlusal system. When the teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension which leads to facial pain, headaches, teeth grinding and other problems.
Some of the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding include:
- Worn teeth (look for teeth that have chips or flat spots)
- Dull teeth, because of worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Chronic earache without ear infection
- Headache or facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek