Teeth Grinding

What is teeth grinding?

Also known as Bruxism, teeth grinding is a term used to describe the action of grinding and clenching teeth. You could be grinding not only while sleeping, but during the day due to anxiety or stress or even strenuous exercise. Grinding is an extremely common problem that could result in a number of serious problems if left untreated.

Grinding side effects:

  • Permanent damage of the structure and surface enamel of your teeth
  • Jaw pain known as TMJ pain
  • Headaches
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum recession

How do I know if I grind my teeth?
It may be hard to tell if you are grinding, especially if it happens while you’re sleeping. However, if any of the below statements/symptoms apply to you, then you could be grinding you teeth.

  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Muscle tightness
  • Earache – because of severe jaw muscle contractions
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain

Dr. Valle will fit you with a mouth guard that will alleviate further damage further damage to your teeth and stress and muscle tension caused by grinding. The appliance will provide a protective barrier between your tooth surfaces decreasing stress and further damage as you grind your teeth.