If you wake up each morning and experience jaw pain, facial tension, headaches or teeth sensitivity, you may have a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is a chronic teeth grinding habit that most often occurs during sleep. You may not even realise that you grind your teeth. Some signs include:
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Short or small-looking teeth
- Bite marks along the inside of the cheeks
- Bony growths beneath the tongue
- Sore or fatigued muscles
- Large, boxy jaw muscles
- Ringing in the ears
Teeth grinding can feel painful, but it can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw joints when left untreated. Cracked teeth, popping jaw joints and headaches are some of the chief complaints from patients living with bruxism.
In many cases, treatment begins with a nightguard, which places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing cracked teeth and fractures. Adjusting lifestyle habits, like avoiding alcohol, tobacco and using relaxation techniques can also help.
If you have jaw pain, you may have a condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD or TMJ). We welcome you to contact our Taringa dental clinic and book an appointment with Dr Paul Rollason for a solution to teeth grinding.