Cowley Dental Care

What should I do if I am grinding my teeth?

Teeth grinding is a common but harmful habit known as bruxism. Teeth grinding can damage the teeth, place additional stress on the jaw joints, and strain one’s orofacial muscles.

Oftentimes, patients who grind or clench may not even realize they are doing it and are alerted by a loved one or sleeping partner. If you wake up with sore muscles or a tender jaw, it’s possible that you grind or clench your teeth during the night.

Common Signs of Bruxism

Whether you are unsure if you grind or clench your teeth, there are some tell-tale signs, such as:

  • Migraines
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Flattened or worn teeth or restorations
  • Chipped, fractured, or loose teeth or restorations
  • Tight jaw muscles or lockjaw 
  • Pain or soreness in the jaw, neck, or face

If you experience any of the above symptoms, we can help relieve your pain and develop a treatment that works for you. 

Are You Tired of Jaw or Tooth Pain?

Drs. Cowley and Dr. Roth can assess any damage and provide a personalized treatment plan. We can create for you a custom-made nightguard to wear while you sleep. A nightguard protects the teeth from wear, repositions the jaws, and softens the pressure between the joints. 

If you know or suspect that you may be grinding or clenching your teeth, please contact one of our dentists today. 

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