Grinding your teeth puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. The symptoms can cause temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ). Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of bruxism (teeth grinding). Dr. Aldrich can examine your mouth for telltale signs of bruxism, such as sore jaw and excessive wear on your teeth. In some cases, bruxism can also contribute to gum recession.
Dr. Aldrich can make a mouth guard for teeth grinding. While it won't stop the actual clenching of your jaw, a mouth guard can minimize the negative effects on your teeth and jaw if you're grinding every night.