grinding teeth symptoms

Discover why you might be suffering from Bruxism with these symptoms!

Have you ever woken up in the morning with neck or face pain and thought the pain was from sleeping in an uncomfortable position? Do you have feelings of pressure in your jaw during the day? When you wake up in the morning do you have a headache? If this sounds like something you’ve been experiencing you could be suffering from Bruxism! But if you’re not sure Bruxism is the cause of your discomfort read below and see if these grinding teeth symptoms sound like you!

Bruxism:  9 Grinding Teeth Symptoms

grinding teeth symptomsBefore we get into the signs and symptoms of bruxism, let’s define what it is. According to The Bruxism Association, Bruxism is mainly characterized by teeth grinding, jaw clenching that can wear on teeth, or a type of jaw disorder.

Here are a few more signs you may be suffering from Bruxism:

  • Headaches that begin in the temples
  • Muscle aches or Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort
  • Teeth grinding or clenching of the jaw
  • Sleep disruption
  • Increased tooth sensitivity and/or pain
  • Flattened, cracked, chipped, or loose teeth
  • Unable to open or close mouth completely
  • Ear pain or what feels like an earache
  • Face or neck pain

While these grinding teeth symptoms could indicate that you may be suffering from Bruxism, it’s important you see your dentist to receive a proper diagnosis. If your dentist diagnosis you with Bruxism the good news is they’ll also have some teeth grinding treatments that can help relieve or diminish the effects caused by this disorder.

Teeth Grinding Treatments

Mouth guards – Mouth guards or splints are designed to protect your teeth from the constant grinding or clenching. These splints are made of softer or harder materials depending on the severity of your bruxism.

Dental Repair – If grinding your teeth has caused your teeth to chip, crack, or even fracture than your dentist may need to repair your smile with dental crowns.

Stress Management – If your teeth grinding is caused by stress it might benefit you to see a therapist to learn techniques that promote relaxation or steps to manage or eliminate stress.

Behavior Modification – Your dentist may be able to offer treatment in a way that modifies or changes the way you position your mouth or jaw.

Medications – While the jury is still out on how medications can effectively treat bruxism, there seems to be some temporary relief when these medications are prescribed by a doctor. Medications such as muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medications if you suffer from anxiety or stress, or botox injections if other treatments haven’t been successful.

Hypnosis – Hypnosis isn’t a very conventional treatment, but it appears that some have used hypnosis to relieve their bruxism and have found success.

Conclusion

If you suspect that your morning headaches or jaw pain are caused by Bruxism, contact Hospital Dental Group today at (860)524-5194 to make an appointment.  Let Dr. Ravin help you alleviate your grinding teeth symptoms.