If you’re waking up with sore teeth every morning or your partner heard you grinding your teeth at night, don’t let this slip your mind. Bruxism, or clenching and grinding the teeth, can do serious damage to your teeth after time. One of the easiest ways to prevent damage from occurring to your teeth is wearing a nightguard. Nightguards are custom made to fit your teeth and prevent your teeth from being able to touch each other while you sleep.

At StarImage Dentistry, we want our patients to have healthy teeth for life. Unfortunately, nearly 10% of people grind their teeth at night and many people don’t understand the severe consequences of leaving their nightly grinding habit untreated.

Tooth Sensitivity

One of the first symptoms of bruxism you might notice in your daily life is tooth sensitivity. You might be drinking a hot cup of coffee or indulging in ice cream on a summer day when every tooth in your mouth feels in pain. This new sensitivity is caused by your nightly grinding habit. The tooth sensitivity occurs from the wearing down of your teeth.

Worn Teeth

One of the biggest problems that occur with bruxism is worn teeth. Night after night of grinding and clenching, you may start to notice your teeth wearing down. At first, it won’t be noticeable until you go in for your bi-annual exam. Then, one of our dentists might start to find small cracks in your teeth and tell you that your teeth are becoming worn down. Eventually, your worn-down teeth will cause severe cracks, or break to the point where you need a root canal and dental crown or porcelain veneers to fix it. Your gums may also start receding too. Some people even need to have their teeth extracted and replaced with implants or bridges. When this happens to tooth after tooth, the bills will start stacking up.

Other TMJ Symptoms

If TMJ is the cause of your nightly grinding habit, you may also notice other TMJ symptoms like frequent migraines or headaches, neck, jaw or back pain, or lockjaw. These symptoms can interrupt your daily life and leave you feeling in significant pain.

If you suffer from bruxism, don’t let it go untreated. At StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, we will evaluate your bruxism problem to determine if TMJ is the cause first. If you have TMJ, we will provide you with the necessary TMJ treatment to relieve your symptoms. Some patients may benefit simply from wearing one of our custom night guards. Whatever the reason is for your nightly grinding, treating it now can prevent you from experiencing a multitude of dental problems down the line.

Contact our dental office in Wichita Falls today to schedule an appointment to get your nightly grinding habit under control and relieve your symptoms by calling 940-322-2252.