Teeth Grinding Solutions in Milton – 905.875.1006
If you have woken up several mornings in a row with persistent jaw aches or headaches, it is possible that this pain is caused by grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you sleep. It is important to not think that this pain is caused by grinding or clenching until it has occurred on a persistent basis, such as a week. If your jaw clenching and grinding is not addressed, other or health problems can arise.
Jaw clenching and teeth grinding, known by the medical term bruxism, most often occurs during sleep. Although it can be caused as a response to stress or anger during the waking hours, the grinding and clenching that occurs during the sleeping hours can be the most damaging to your oral and facial health. Night grinding and clenching can be caused by stress and, like daytime clenching, is most often associated with the structure of your teeth, such as abnormally aligned teeth and missing teeth are the most frequent causes.
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If not treated, nighttime grinding and clenching can have adverse effects on your teeth, and even your overall health. The most obvious damage that it causes it directly to your teeth. Constant grinding can wear away at the structure of your teeth. Not only does it take away the strong, protective layers of the tops of your teeth, the remove of these layers can lead to an increased risk in cavities.
Additionally, the constant clenching can damage your jaw muscle can cause damage to the structure of your face, and lead to constant migraines and headaches. In addition to the pain being down right uncomfortable, if the pain is severe enough, you may have to miss work, which can affect other areas of your life.
If you feel like the grinding and clenching is persistent, you need to seek medical help from a dentist or orthodontist. The medical professionals at Smile Smile Dental in Milton will be able to evaluate what is causing your grinding and clenching, and then will be able to create the best treatment plan for you. To evaluate the problem, we will do a traditional oral dental exam, x- rays, and may have you open and close your mouth so that they can feel how your muscles move.
Since teeth grinding and clenching can cause serious problems to your oral and physical health, it is important to see a dental professional as soon as you believe you may be doing this in your sleep. If you live in Milton, Ontario or surrounding communities give us a call at 905-875-1006 to book a free consultation.