Many patients are not even aware when they snore or grind their teeth during sleep, but these habits could indicate the presence of bruxism, which is a disorder in which a patient heavily grinds their teeth while unconscious. There are many causes of bruxism, as well as many resulting issues, but because you are asleep, you may not notice the condition for some time. This can affect your chances of receiving a diagnosis and treatment.
We encourage you to be aware of the symptoms of bruxism so that you can recognize their presence each time you wake up.
The force of frequent night grinding can lead to damaged teeth and dental restorations, as well as cause you to suffer morning headaches. Grinding can also cause damage to the cheek tissues if they are bitten and will eventually wear down teeth until they are dull and flat. Any of these symptoms should be reported to our team at Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme right away.
The potential link between bruxism and TMJ disorder can also result in a sore jaw and increased tooth sensitivity when you wake up. TMJ disorder can also make it hard for you to fully use your jaw to open and close your mouth.
Contact our office at 208-624-3757 today if you suspect you need treatment for bruxism in St. Anthony, Idaho. We will help you arrange your appointment with our dentists, Dr. John Toenjes to have your smile screened for signs of bruxism.