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Signs You Commonly Clench While Sleeping

Posted on 9/21/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Signs You Commonly Clench While SleepingGrinding or clenching of teeth commonly referred to as bruxism, is a very common condition. The challenge with teeth clenching is that it can be difficult to tell. However, the good news is that apart from coming to our offices for a thorough dental examination by our professionals to diagnose the condition, there are other signs of bruxism you can look out for.

Signs of Teeth Clenching

If you have been grinding your teeth while sleeping, you are more likely to experience a locked jaw or limited movement of the jaw in the morning. Another common sign of teeth clenching is sharp headaches when you wake up. Throughout the night, people who clench their teeth tend to wake up with toothaches, earaches, and headaches in the temple region. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to come in for check-ups before the condition worsens.

Also, if there are unusual sounds from the jaw, it could be a sign of teeth clenching. If you experience a painful popping, clicking, or grating sound from the jaws when you close or open your mouth, you were clenching your teeth throughout the night. Come to our offices right away if you notice this symptom.

Broken fillings or damaged teeth are also a common sign of teeth clenching. As time progresses, bruxism wears down your teeth and could damage any dental work in place. Continued clenching of teeth could also lead to their breakage. With a broken tooth, the risk of infections is very high. This is because clenching will wear down the tooth enamel, a hard layer that protects your tooth. As a result, bacteria will easily enter the tooth and cause infections. Some of the oral infections include gum disease, tooth decay, dental cavities, among others. Contact our offices for more information on teeth clenching.
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