According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism or teeth grinding, occurs in about 1 out of 10 people and, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to your teeth and result in other conditions. Your dentist can help you get to the bottom of your teeth grinding to find relief. Find out more with Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL.
What causes teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding occurs mostly at night and many sufferers are unaware that they suffer from the condition. Stress and anxiety contribute greatly to teeth grinding habits. Though these factors are more well known, there are other reasons behind teeth grinding. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause the teeth to line up abnormally and cause teeth grinding. Problems with and untreated disorders affecting sleep, such as sleep apnea, also cause teeth grinding.
Do I grind my teeth?
While many teeth grinders do not recognize their condition due to being asleep while its main symptoms occur, there are some daytime symptoms that can tell you that you grind your teeth, including:
- a dull headache which lasts all morning or day
- sore jaw muscles
- your bed partner tells you they hear you grind your teeth
- worn, flattened teeth
- tooth sensitivity
Teeth Grinding Treatments in Orlando, FL
Teeth grinding treatments often begin conservatively with some simple lifestyle or sleeping changes. Reducing the amount of stress in your life, avoiding chewing gum or simply getting enough water throughout the day can help reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding. However, you may require some help from your dentist if these methods fail to provide adequate results. Your dentist may suggest physical therapy or visiting a chiropractor to retrain your muscles and realign your bones. Alongside these treatments, wearing a custom night guard prescribed by your dentist while you sleep helps realign your jaw and protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding.
Repairing Teeth Grinding’s Effects
If your teeth are worn or damaged due to teeth grinding, your dentist can help you repair them with cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers and dental crowns. Depending on the severity of your damage, your treatment may be different from others suffering from the same condition. For more information on teeth grinding, please contact Dr. Douglas Huhn and Dr. Clete Huhn at Huhn Dental in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 422-6281 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!