Your first stop for diagnosing and treating teeth grinding and clenching in Arlington, Virginia
Teeth clenching or grinding, also known as sleep bruxism, is when you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep.
While most people grind their teeth once and a while during sleep with no damage, there is a certain percentage of people who grind their teeth so often that their jaws get sore and teeth wear occurs.
It isn't fully known why people grind their teeth in their sleep. Certain factors are associated with teeth grinding. Stress is a major trigger for teeth grinding. Interruptions to sleep patterns such as snoring or sleep apnea are also thought to be triggers. Other factors, such as anxiety, high level of caffeine use, and alcohol have also been known to contribute to teeth grinding.
People that grind their teeth in their sleep deal with deal with jaw pain, earaches, and damaged teeth. In extreme cases, some people grind their teeth until they are almost gone. Not dealing with extreme cases of teeth grinding can lead to needing replacement teeth, or repairs with bridges, crowns, or implants. People who clench or grind their teeth may notice their appearance changing. The stress from clenching and grinding teeth strains the muscles, tissue, and bones in your face. Teeth grinding/clenching is also known to cause or worsen temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).
Most people don't know they're grinding their teeth at night. If you are experiencing a sore jaw and/or constant dull headaches, you could be grinding your teeth. The most effective way to tell if you are grinding your teeth is to come in for a diagnosis. We will work with you to deal with the factors that led to you grinding your teeth. To prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, we can fit you with a mouth guard.