Many people grind their teeth occasionally. This does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding happens on a regular basis, teeth can be damaged and oral health problems may arise. If chronic teeth grinding is left untreated, your teeth may become fractured or loose, or may even fall out. Teeth grinding can also affect your jaws, cause hearing loss, or cause or worsen temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD). The following factors may cause teeth grinding:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • A misaligned bite
  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Sleep disorders

Teeth grinding often happens at night while you are sleeping. Because of this, you may not realize you have a problem. If you notice any of the following symptoms, ask Dr. Michael B. Wilhite about treatments for teeth grinding in Davidson, North Carolina:

  • Dull headaches
  • A sore jaw
  • Painful or loose teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth

Our dentist will examine your mouth and jaw for signs of teeth grinding, like irregularities in your teeth and jaw tenderness. Dr. Michael B. Wilhite may recommend an occlusal guard to prevent your teeth from grinding at night. We invite you to contact Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to learn more about teeth grinding and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.