How Bruxism Damages Your Teeth

Have you ever woken up in the morning with a sore jaw and wondered how it happened? If so, you may have an oral health condition known as bruxism. People with bruxism unconsciously clench, gnash, or grind their teeth, often while sleeping. Left untreated, bruxism can result in damage to teeth, headaches, disorders of the jaw, and other oral health issues. The good news is that Stuart Dental diagnoses and treats bruxism in Stuart, FL.

Common Symptoms of Bruxism

Bruxism can be difficult to recognize, especially if your symptoms don’t appear related to a problem with your teeth and jaws. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Panchal or Dr. Cogan if you recognize any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Chipped, flat, or fractured teeth.
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth, which your bed partner may bring to your attention if you don’t hear it yourself.
  • Consistently waking up not feeling well-rested.
  • Ear pain that appears to be an earache or infection but is not.
  • Headache beginning in the temples.
  • Pain or sensitivity in the jaws, ears, neck, or face that spreads or gets worse over time.
  • Sores on the insides of your cheeks from accidentally chewing them.
  • Tooth sensitivity or pain that increases over time.
  • Worn tooth enamel that exposes deeper layers of enamel in your teeth.

Stress is the biggest risk factor for developing bruxism, but it’s not the only one. Age, other physical and mental health disorders, certain medications, and family history can all play a role as well.

Schedule an Appointment at Stuart Dental to Learn More About Treatments

Children often outgrow bruxism, and adults can lessen its effects by learning to manage stress more effectively. A mouthguard, reshaping of the damaged teeth, or prescription medication may be necessary in some cases. Please request an appointment to start treatment for bruxism in Stuart, FL at your convenience.