Have you become more convinced lately that something isn’t quite right with your smile? Do you care for your teeth appropriately at home with committed daily brushing and flossing but you have been noticing symptoms, the underlying cause of which you cannot quite pinpoint? Is bruxism – the functional disorder characterized by habitual teeth grinding or clenching – the problem? If so, we suggest you schedule time to see us right away – immediate bruxism treatment is essential. For now, become familiar with common symptoms.
Symptom #1: Someone Can Hear Your Bruxism
Did a friend of yours recently mention that you keep making a loud grinding noise with your teeth? Perhaps your significant other has repeatedly mentioned that you grind or clench your teeth while you’re sleeping and that it can make it difficult to fall asleep. When someone notifies you of the problem, it’s a major red flag that you need to speak with us about bruxism treatment.
Symptom #2: Your Tongue Displays Indentations
If you need bruxism treatment, your tongue may be the place to look. Take a closer glance at the outer border of your tongue – if it is beginning to take on a scalloped texture, this may be the result of chronic grinding and clenching. You may also notice that you wake up feeling as though you have been chewing the inner tissue of your cheek throughout the night.
Symptom #3: Your Teeth Are Telling You Something
Are your teeth feeling sensitive? Perhaps they look as though they’ve been worn down. Maybe a sudden fracture or chip appears out of nowhere. If you are placing consistent pressure on your teeth – or friction – on a daily basis, damage and discomfort will quickly present themselves.