How Do You Know If You Have Bruxism?

How Do You Know If You Have Bruxism?

Like everyone else, you have those mornings when you wake up feeling not quite yourself. If you often wake up with a headache and aching jaw muscles, you may suffer from bruxism. Essentially, you probably clench and grind your teeth while asleep.

Learning about bruxism should help you find an effective treatment to mitigate its common side effects. This condition can cause you to experience loose and/or painful teeth. In some cases, it can lead to damage to the surrounding gum tissue and bone. Another common complication associated with this condition is a temporomandibular joint disorder, which affects the jaw joint.

What Is Bruxism?

This is a condition in which people clench, gnash, or grind their teeth. Did you know that you may be unconsciously clenching your teeth even while awake? This is what experts refer to as awake bruxism. Sleep bruxism is when you grind or clench your teeth during sleep.

If you grind or clench your teeth during sleep, you are more likely to have other sleep disorders like sleep apnea and snoring. You may not require treatment for mild bruxism. However, if your condition is severe and frequent enough to cause headaches, damaged teeth, jaw disorders, and other problems, you need to seek treatment. 

Do You Have Bruxism?

You may have this condition and not know it until you start to experience some complications. Therefore, it is important to know the symptoms and signs of bruxism to seek the appropriate treatment. 

Common Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Sleep disruption.

  • Clenching and grinding your teeth so loud that you wake up the person sleeping next to you.

  • Damage resulting from chewing or biting on the inside of your cheek.

  • A locked jaw that will not open or close completely.

  • Having fractured, flattened, loose, or chipped teeth.

  • Waking up with a dull headache originating from your temples.

  • Worn out tooth enamel.

  • Pain that tends to feel like an earache, though you do not have a problem with your ears.

  • Face, jaw, or neck soreness or pain.

  • Tight or tired jaw muscles.

  • Increased tooth sensitivity or pain.

For most people, teeth clenching and grinding is an unconscious habit. Many people do not even realize they have the problem until they start noticing some of the symptoms listed above. For some, the symptoms of bruxism are quite mild. Such people often discover that they grind and/or clench their teeth during a routine dental examination. This is why it is important to have regular dental checkups. 

Visit Your Dentist 

This problem can happen when you are both asleep and awake. According to research, most of the condition’s symptoms are self-reported. If you notice any of the symptoms above, visit your dentist for an accurate diagnosis. They will determine whether the source of the pain and/or discomfort you are experiencing results from bruxism. The appropriate treatment will depend on the causes of your problem. 

To determine whether you have bruxism, visit Woodyard Dental Care at our offices in Paducah, Kentucky. You can also call 270-213-6620 today to schedule an appointment.