Are you experiencing sensitive teeth? Do you have a dull, constant headache? Do you have pain or tightness in your jaw? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Dr. Caracioni encounters many patients who are tooth grinders and don’t even know it until a trip to the dentist.
The Signs of Tooth Grinding
Many patients who grind their teeth do not realize they are tooth grinders, even though they have the symptoms of tooth grinding. Signs of tooth grinding include:
- Unexplained facial pain.
- Frequent headaches. Tooth grinding puts a lot of stress and tension on your jaw and neck, which can lead to headaches.
- Earaches. Are you experiencing ear pain but your doctor can find no evidence of ear infection or diagnosable ear problem?
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joints. Gently push on the joints where your jaw meets your ears. Does it hurt or feel tense? Do you have trouble opening and closing your mouth to talk, eat or yawn? Untreated tooth grinding can damage these joints over time, a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
- Enamel damage. Grinding your teeth puts a lot of pressure on your tooth enamel, and over time it can lead to cracks and chips. Enamel damage can also mean sensitive teeth and pain when eating hot or cold foods.
- Damaged restorations. The pressure and friction caused by grinding your teeth can damage fillings, crowns and other restorations.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you are probably grinding your teeth at night.
Another Sign of Tooth Grinding
One more sign that you are grinding your teeth is that your partner has noticed it! Tooth grinding can be very loud and can disturb your partner at night. If your partner is getting grumpy because you’re grinding your teeth, it’s time to schedule an appointment and talk about a mouth guard.
Are you showing the signs and symptoms of grinding your teeth? Stop tooth damage now. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Caracioni by calling 785-783-0741.