Looking back on the past year and having the holiday season upon us, it’s not surprising that some of you may be waking in the morning with a sore jaw due to teeth grinding at night.
Many patients are unaware this is happening unless a sleepless partner hears the noise or it’s diagnosed by a dentist. Stress and anxiety are usually the culprits but smoking, consuming alcohol, or drinking caffeine can compound the condition. It can result in headaches, facial pain, and stiffness in the jaw and surrounding muscles. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or even loss of teeth.
Discomfort usually occurs in the daytime even though the grinding happens mostly at night.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, make an appointment to see us. Our team will work with you to address the cause of your grinding and recommend a solution that will protect your teeth from further damage. Often something as simple as a mouthguard worn at night may relieve this condition.
For more information on teeth grinding, please contact us at 979-968-9451.
Dr. Karen Roberts