Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, is a very common problem. Most people who grind their teeth don't even know they are doing it. Some people have been doing it all of their lives and never realized it.
Grinding your teeth is horrible for them and can cause you real problems. When you grind your teeth in your sleep you are putting an enormous amount of pressure on your teeth. You can cause them to crack or break.
You can also change the shape of your teeth from grinding them down.
So What Do I Look For?
The first thing you should consider is how you feel. Do wake up in the morning with a dull headache? This wouldn't be one day, now, this would be day after day. Do have pain you can't explain in your jaws?
Perhaps your teeth hurt for no apparent reason; or your face hurts, again, for no reason. Grinding your teeth could be the reason. You should look for more clues.
Take a look at your back teeth in a mirror. Are they completely flat on top? If they are, it could because you are grinding away on them while you sleep. This doesn't happen overnight, the flattening process is long term. Your tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in your body and grinding it down takes time.
Another sign is that your teeth are chipped but not as if they were hit with a baseball. If they are chipped and still fit together like a jigsaw puzzle it may be the result of grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth can also make your front teeth too short.
The good news is that if you are grinding your teeth, you can get a custom mouth guard made by your dentist. This will keep your teeth from grinding together and save you a fortune in future dental bills.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about teeth grinding.