Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that effects about 8% of adults. The condition can be caused by stress and anxiety, as well as missing, crooked, or misaligned teeth. You may unconsciously grind and clench your teeth during the day or at night. Factors such as smoking and tobacco use, alcohol consumption, caffeine use, and fatigue can also affect bruxism.
Signs of Bruxism
There are multiple common signs of the condition to be aware of, including:
- Jaw pain
- Worn teeth
- Muscle tenderness
- Chronic facial pain
- Increased tooth sensitivity
Despite these symptoms, bruxism can be treated by the professionals in our Payette area office.
Dr. Brock Hyder may recommend a mouthguard which you can wear in stressful situations or during sleep. The mouthguard will be custom-fit for your comfort. This treatment keeps teeth from clenching and grinding together, preventing further wear and tear. In severe cases, bruxism can result in broken and worn teeth. If you have a severe case of bruxism, Dr. Hyder and his team will help you find a restorative option after further damage is prevented.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you suffer from jaw pain or chronic headaches? Stop your teeth grinding at the source. You can call Dr. Hyder and his team at 208.243.9807 to schedule an appointment today.
Teeth Grinding FAQs
Is my teeth grinding audible?
You may not notice that you’re grinding your teeth, but there’s a good chance your partner might. Teeth grinding and clenching can be quite audible. Whether you do it in your sleep or absentmindedly, someone around you may alert you because they can hear it.
How do I know if I’m grinding my teeth?
For some, you may not know you’re grinding your teeth until your dentist alerts you to unusual wear patterns. Others may be alerted by a partner because of the sound. But you may notice symptoms as well. If you’re feeling tension and pain throughout your jaw, face, and head, particularly upon waking, those are all signs. You may also notice increased sensitivity in certain teeth.
Why do I grind my teeth?
Teeth grinding can happen for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, it’s caused by stress or anxiety. There are also medications that have bruxism or teeth grinding as a side effect. Disorders like ADHD or Parkinson’s can also make you more likely to grind your teeth.