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Typical Symptoms for Those Who Have Nighttime Bruxism

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Close up of a simple mouthguard being held up by a womanBruxism, the condition of unconsciously grinding, clenching, or gnashing your teeth, is widely considered a sleep-related disorder. People with bruxism tend to grind or clench their teeth during sleep (a condition also known as sleep bruxism) or while awake but not focused (awake bruxism). If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is likely you are suffering from nighttime bruxism.

Teeth Grinding Or Clenching

One of the most obvious indicators of bruxism is the grinding or clenching sounds your teeth make. This grinding activity can sometimes be loud enough to disturb the rest of your sleeping partner. Be aware that persistent, forceful grinding can severely damage your teeth over time and compromise the health of your gums and jaw joints.

Cracked, Fractured, or Chipped Teeth

The relentless forces generated by nightly grinding can lead to cracks, chips, or even severe fractures in your teeth. When teeth are subjected to the repetitive grinding motions, their structural integrity weakens, resulting in these types of dental injuries. Fractured or chipped teeth require prompt treatment to prevent further damage, restore full function, and alleviate pain.

Depending on the extent of the fracture, dental professionals may have recommended options like dental crowns or veneers to cover and protect the damaged tooth surface. These restorations can be customized to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color for a durable yet aesthetic solution.

Worn Tooth Enamel and Increased Sensitivity

Bruxism causes accelerated wear and tear on your tooth enamel as well. The act of chronically grinding your teeth strips away this protective outer layer over time. As enamel erodes, areas of your teeth become exposed and significantly more vulnerable to decay, cavities, staining, and temperature sensitivity. You may notice increasing tooth discomfort when consuming hot, cold, or acidic foods and beverages.

Treating bruxism proactively with methods like night guards is essential to prevent enamel erosion and maintain good tooth enamel health long-term. Our team can evaluate your teeth and recommend appropriate solutions if you are exhibiting signs of bruxism. Do not hesitate to come in for an assessment to get your grinding under control.

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