Grinding your teeth when you’re asleep can be a painful condition resulting in headaches and more, but 32 Gems can help.
Do you often wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or achy muscles in your face? Do you often suffer from unexplained headaches? Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with your teeth clenched firmly together?
If yes, there is a good chance that you are grinding your teeth in sleep, or you may be in the habit of clenching your teeth firmly in the night or during the day. In dental language, we call it BRUXISM. This is an involuntary movement and it can wreak havoc on your teeth and the surrounding tissues. Not only it can cause stiffness and pain in your jaw but you can also end up breaking your teeth due to this grinding.
And, don’t be surprised, this may be the cause of those early morning unexplained headaches.
What causes bruxism?
Stress and anxiety often contribute to the behaviour. However, some medications like anti-depressants and some substances like caffeine and alcohol can also trigger the behaviour.
How do I know I am definitely grinding my teeth?
Look out for signs like:
- Tired jaw muscles and jaw joint when you wake up in the morning
- Morning headaches
- Random headaches
- Unexplained sensitivity in your teeth
- Phantom pains in your teeth
- Breaking teeth or fracturing teeth cusps often
- Tiredness during the day
You may be surprised if you put in a little conscious effort, you may catch yourself clenching while working on your computer or while focusing on an important matter during the day.
What can I do if I have these symptoms?
You should immediately see a dentist if you have been suffering from the above-mentioned symptoms. The dentist will carry out a thorough examination of your jaw joint, jaw muscles, and a full examination of your teeth.
The first line of treatment is often a custom-fit dental mouthguard that you wear while sleeping. It does not stop you from grinding your teeth but it can prevent any damage that you can do to your teeth, your jaw muscles, and jaw joint. You will still grind, but against the plastic, so any wearing or breakage happens to your plastic night guard rather than your own teeth.
We, at 32 Gems have a 3D scanner where we can scan your teeth in a few minutes and can have your custom-fit mouthguard 3D printed in a couple of days.
The dentist can also teach you jaw exercises that help retrain your jaw to move and bite in the correct position. In some cases, your dentist will refer you to more specialised experts in this area.
We also have a dentist trained in administering Botox injections which sometimes can help with sore jaw joints. Your line of treatment is planned once your diagnosis is done and then our dentist can go over which option is the best for you.