Do you catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day, sometimes unsure of how long you’ve been doing it? Does your sleeping partner complain of the noise that you make when you grind your teeth at night? If you grind your teeth often, then you may suffering from bruxism—an uncontrollable urge to grind your teeth consistently. Bruxism can be caused by many different factors, from elevated stress to misaligned teeth or other dental health conditions, and your dentist will custom design a treatment plan to help you stop grinding your teeth.

If You Have Bruxism

As you forcefully grind your teeth together, the pressure can wear down the protective layer of enamel around them. It can also lead to excessive wear on your teeth’s chewing surfaces, changing the way your teeth meet when you bite down. This change can force your bite out of balance and your jaw muscles and joints to strain themselves as they compensate. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to severe tooth damage and misalignment, as well as chronic conditions and discomfort like TMJ disorder.

How to Stop Teeth-Grinding

If your dentist notices signs of wear on your teeth during your routine exam and cleaning, then she may diagnose your bruxism before you realize that there’s a problem. In many cases, bruxism can be treated with a custom-designed appliance, or nightguard, that protects your teeth from grinding together. Because most bruxers grind their teeth in their sleep, the nightguard can significantly reduce your risks of developing tooth and bite damage related to bruxism.

Find Out if You Grind Your Teeth Too Often

If you exhibit bruxism, then you might immediately realize it. To find out if you have bruxism and need appropriate treatment, schedule an examination by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.