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 know 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 are thought to be triggers such as anxiety, a high level of caffeine use, and alcohol could trigger teeth grinding.
People that grind their teeth in their sleep deal with jaw pain, earaches, damaged teeth, and jaw pain. In extreme cases, some people grind their teeth until they are almost gone. Not dealing with extreme cases of teeth grinding can lead to the need to replace or repair the teeth with bridges, crowns, or implants. People who clench or grind their teeth may notice their appearance changing. The stress from clenching and grinding teeth stresses 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 are grinding their teeth in the 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 finding your teeth is to come in and get diagnosed. We will work with you to deal with the factors that led to you grinding your teeth. To prevent you from grinding your teeth in the night, we can fit you with a mouth guard.