When you grind your teeth occasionally, there’s usually nothing to worry about. Yet, when you grind your teeth consistently, it may be a sign that you have an actual bruxism problem (chronic teeth-grinding). Bruxism is more common than many people might expect, and for those who have it, it isn’t always easy to detect and diagnose. You may only notice that you grind your teeth every once in a while, but the truth is that it occurs multiple times every day, and sometimes more often at night. If you experience any of the following symptoms in addition to grinding your teeth, then it may be time to schedule a visit to address your bruxism.
You wake up feeling like you’ve been grinding your teeth
Bruxism can occur for many different reasons, but for many patients, the underlying factors make it more likely for grinding to occur at night. For instance, if it’s an imbalance in your bite, then your jaw and teeth may have trouble functioning and resting properly. This can instigate nighttime teeth-grinding that you’re unable to control. You also won’t be aware of it. However, when you wake in the morning, you may feel as though you’ve spent the night grinding your teeth. The structures may be sensitive, for instance, and your jaw muscles sore, though you may not remember anything beyond sleeping soundly.
Your teeth feel way too sensitive to food and beverages
The constant pressure and friction generated when you grind your teeth is a reason why they can feel sensitive in the morning. This sensation will grow more intense and last throughout the day as you continue grinding away the enamel around your tooth structures. Every time you eat or drink something hot or cold, the irritation may become unbearable, and be spread across more than just one tooth. This is an early sign of what could become much more extensive damage to your teeth if you don’t seek treatment for your bruxism as soon as possible.
Your bite doesn’t feel the same when it closes
As your teeth continue wearing themselves down every day and night, the damage to their structures will become more severe, especially on their chewing surfaces. The greater the damage, the greater the impact on your bite’s balance and function. Over time, you can start to notice that your bite no longer feels the same when it closes because your teeth’s chewing surfaces are no longer the same. This can cause increasing pressure to be applied to your jaw joints and muscles, leading to a possible jaw dysfunction.
Learn how custom bruxism treatment can help
Bruxism can be a serious problem and threat to your oral health if it isn’t addressed promptly. To schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.