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Bruxism is the unconscious grinding or clenching of your teeth or jaw which can occur during the day, awake bruxism, or at night, sleep bruxism. Both versions of bruxism may be difficult to realize because they are both unintentionally done. However, there are a few symptoms that could reveal you may be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw as you sleep.
Tired or Locked Jaw Muscles
One of the first symptoms people complain of when they suffer from either awake or sleep bruxism is that their jaw is tired, sore, or locks in place. If you cannot open or close your jaw completely, this could be due to night grinding and clenching.
[[H2:Constant, Dull Pain]]] There are a few areas in your face and head that might suffer constant pain or sensitivity after a night full of grinding your teeth. If you wake up from a full night's sleep and have a dull headache in your temples or are sore in your jaw or neck, these can be symptoms of sleep bruxism. The constant pressure on your teeth could lead to pain in your teeth, temples, jaw, and even your ears.
Over time, the grinding and clenching of your teeth and jaws could damage your teeth. This damage could be anything from a small chip on a tooth to the top of your teeth being completely flattened or eroded. We will also look for signs if the enamel protecting your teeth is damaged or worn. The damage of your teeth could be felt through heightened sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods and drinks. You may also notice a cosmetic change to your teeth if the enamel is damaged enough to turn your teeth a darker shade.
If you have any of these symptoms contact our team today to evaluate if you grind your teeth during sleep and to discuss possible treatment options. The sooner we begin treatment, the healthier your teeth can remain.
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