Lumino Smiles Dental

What Happens When I Grind My Teeth?

November 26, 2021
Posted By: Lumino Smiles Dental

Do you ever wake up in the morning with soreness in your teeth and jaw or even a headache? It is best to feel relaxed and well-rested upon starting the day, not in pain or potentially stressed right away. We associate these symptoms with a condition called ‘bruxism’ or teeth-grinding, which usually occurs at night while asleep. 

Why Is Bruxism Problematic?

Grinding our teeth at night or during the day can open the door to a vast array of unwanted oral problems:

  • Pain in the teeth and jaw
  • Headaches at the beginning of the day
  • Damage to the enamel and surfaces of teeth
  • Chipping and potential fracturing of teeth 
  • Gum recession
  • Enhanced risk of other conditions due to weakened teeth

Causes of Teeth Grinding

While bruxism is not entirely understood yet, we know that people tend to grind and clench their teeth during periods of anxiety or distress; this can happen during the day or at night. Returning to a state of calm can help treat bruxism, and for this reason, people may seek counselling or the services of a therapist to get to the root of their grinding and clenching. 

Sleep Apnoea and Bruxism

Sleep apnoea commonly goes hand-in-hand with bruxism and is considered a severe condition due to reduced oxygen flow and breathing interruption during sleep. Sometimes sleep apnoea treatment can help alleviate bruxism. For more information, please visit our page on sleep apnoea.  

Treating Bruxism in Pascoe Vale, VIC

When our patients come into our dental practice with damaged teeth and other symptoms pointing to bruxism, we are likely to prescribe a nightguard that patients can wear at night. A night guard is a custom mouthguard moulded to fit teeth and protect them from harmful clenching and grinding.  

Contact Your Pascoe Vale Dentist

Put an end to the damage caused by the constant grinding and clenching of your teeth! At Lumino Smiles Dental, we do our best to help our patients find relief and get back to having full, restorative sleep with no more damage to their teeth. We invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. 

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.