Are you tired of waking up with jaw pain and experiencing headaches? Does your mouth make a weird clicking noise, or seem stiff when you try to extend your jaw? Do you find yourself feeling tired, in spite of a full night’s worth of sleep? It could be because you’re suffering from nighttime teeth grinding, or bruxism. These are all common symptoms of bruxism, which is often associated with TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The good news is there is relief. Your cosmetic dentist can help treat your symptoms, so you can get more than a full night’s sleep, you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.
What Is Bruxism?
Nighttime teeth grinding is problematic because it can wear on your teeth, causing damage to them, and often pain throughout your jaw, extending to your neck and head. And because bruxism is something that occurs subconsciously, many patients don’t even realize there is a problem until they’re already in a great deal of discomfort.
If you notice warning signs like headaches, tiredness or stiffness in your jaw, you should contact your dentist.
What A Dentist Can Do
A restorative dentist can help by providing a custom-fit night guard, that can help keep your teeth and jaw in a more comfortable position as you sleep. This prevents grinding, and can often eliminate the symptoms associated with bruxism, as well as TMJ.
Some patients, however, need more extensive treatment. They may, for instance, benefit from orthodontic treatment to help improve the overall alignment of the teeth. Others might also need restorative treatment to deal with damage done by the grinding. Consulting with your dentist is the best way to determine the cause of your discomfort, the extent of damage done, and the best course of treatment, so you can move beyond bruxism and back to enjoying your sleep.