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My Teeth Are Killing Me! What Is The Problem?

Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
patient with pained facial expression rubbing her jaw while in bedIt is unusual for all of your teeth to hurt at the same time. Usually, dental pain occurs in one tooth or on one side of your mouth. However, there is a common reason why your teeth, especially your premolars and molars, may be hurting. It is called bruxism. Luckily, with a little help from one of our dentists, bruxism can be treated.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a fancy word for teeth clenching or teeth grinding. While children can sometimes clench or grind their teeth, the condition is more common in adults.

If you clench your teeth, you tighten your jaw muscles as you sleep, forcing your teeth together. If you grind your teeth, you are both tightening your jaw muscles as you sleep, and you are rubbing your back teeth back and forth against each other.

Bruxism can cause real problems for your teeth. If you continue to clench and grind your teeth, you can cause your teeth to chip, crack, or even break. You can also do damage to any cosmetic or orthodontic work, such as bridges, crowns, or veneers. Also, chronic bruxism can lead to issues with your temporomandibular joint or jaw joint.

Symptoms of Bruxism

There are several symptoms of bruxism you can look for. One of the most common symptoms is pain in your back teeth. Both your premolars and molars may hurt. Depending on your age and whether you had your wisdom teeth out, this could be as many as ten teeth in each jaw.

Another sign of bruxism is headaches, which are caused by the extra pressure on your teeth. Depending on the amount of tooth pressure you exert, you can also have jaw pain and even ear pain.

What Should I Do?

If you are having tooth pain, your first task is to give our office a call so that we can schedule an appointment for you with one of our dentists. Luckily, the dentist can diagnose your problem and offer you several solutions to help treat your bruxism.

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