Birmingham Dentist talks teeth grinding


Do you wake up in the morning with headaches?  Does your jaw feel tight?  Do you feel like you may have been fighting in your sleep and that someone punched you in the face?  Tooth grinding and jaw clenching may be the answer to why you are experiencing those things in the morning.

Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.

Some reasons that you may be grinding your teeth include:

  •  Stress
  •  Anxiety
  •  An abnormal bite (malocclusion)
  •  Crooked teeth
  •  Trauma

Chronic and untreated teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. The teeth may need more comprehensive dental treatment including crowns and bridges, implants, and dentures.Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, result in hearing loss, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.

Upon examination, Dr. Hill will determine the cause of your teeth grinding/ bruxism and use the correct course of action to treat it.  We will help prevent you from waking holding your jaw again.