Grinding Your Teeth At Night

Do You Live A Stressful Life?

Stress is the most common cause of grinding and clenching of your teeth. Have you ever woken up with a tired jaw, a headache or an even an earache? You are more than likely suffering from a moderate to severe form of night grinding. Sometimes teeth grinding doesn’t always appear with obvious symptoms. Flattened teeth, tooth sensitivity, and constant cheek biting are common symptoms that most patients disregard as normal.

The Solution to Teeth Grinding

If stress management and lifestyle changes don’t work to control your teeth grinding (bruxism), the most common treatment involve mouth guards and bit splints that will physically stop you from closing down. More involved treatments include the use of sleep studies, muscle relaxants and even botox injections.

Signs and symptoms of teething grinding can be identified during your regular dental exams and treatment options can be discussed with your dentist. If you know that you are clenching or grinding your teeth, please do not wait for treatment or expect it to resolve on its own. An early intervention can often times be the difference between a healthy mouth and one that is breaking down. Call our office today 615-822-8262 to set up an appointment with Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones to take a look at your teeth grinding issues.

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