Your Noblesville Dental Office Encourages Patients to Address Dental Grinding and Similar Pain
Have you ever woken up from a rough night’s sleep, only to find out that your mouth and teeth are sore? It can be disorienting and uncomfortable as you continue the rest of your day, waiting for the pain to go away, but that’s not always guaranteed. On top of that, you’re unsure of what caused this pain since you weren’t experiencing it when you went to bed and spontaneously woke up with it. Below, your Noblesville dental office will explain bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, and how solving this dental issue can save your smile in the future.
Bruxism is a condition when you grind, clench, or gnash your teeth together. Typically, patients usually experience this while they’re sleeping, therefore they’re unaware of why they’re in pain when they wake up. Other cases include patients who constantly experience stress or anxiety throughout their day and unconsciously grind their teeth together during their daily routine. Unfortunately, this also causes people to ignore their pain because they can’t specifically pinpoint the problem until it’s too late.
We want to encourage all patients to schedule a visit if they’re experiencing pressured pain, no matter what. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem! The longer you allow yourself to suffer from unidentified bruxism, the worse shape your teeth will be in the next time you visit our office. Bruxism can also lead to headaches, chipped or cracked teeth, and potential jaw disorders.
Here are some common symptoms that patients suffer from if they’re dealing with bruxism:
· Multiple teeth that are flattened, chipped, or loose
· Increased tooth sensitivity
· Soreness or pain in the face and jaw area
· Extended headaches
There’s no one reason that bruxism occurs. Here are some possible causes:
· Stress, anger, anxiety, and those similar
· Malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth)
· Sleep apnea, where your breathing pattern is disrupted by irregularity
· Potential side effect of medications
· An unconscious habit or nervous tick
Even though there’s no right answer for how it happens, your Noblesville dental office wants patients to address this issue so we can work on a way to correct your smile and save you from suffering. Give our office a call at (317) 773-1302 to schedule an appointment or voice any questions or concerns about your oral and dental health.