The Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism

The battle of bruxism, or teeth grinding, is something your dentist in Burke VA takes part in every day. We help our patients overcome this, oftentimes, subconscious clenching or chronic grinding that experts feel is tied to stress specifically the best ways we know how. More often than not, bruxing can occur while sleeping, making a patient not even know they are really committing the act. With that in mind, today we have arranged a list of some of the signs and symptoms that can be associated with grinding:


-Substantial tooth wear or cracks in the teeth.

-Newly formed popping or clicking sounds when you move the jaw.

-Chronic headaches.

-Loose teeth or sensitive teeth.

-Severe jaw or facial pain.


And while this list is not 100% complete, these will be some of the “red flags” you should consider when self-diagnosing your potential bruxism. Left untreated, this condition can lead to decay, disease, tooth loss, structural damage and more. Your dentist in Burke VA suggests taking a look at night guards, mouth guards that you wear while you sleep, behavioral cognitive therapy and stress management classes to resolve your issue before turning to something like surgery to correct the problem.


For more information on the damage bruxism can do, or if you fear you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep, contact Burke Parkway Dental today at (703) 459-9495.


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