Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.
Skip to main content

Grinding Your Teeth In Your Sleep? Here Are The Causes Of Bruxism

San Francisco Dentist Explains the the Effects of Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Many people experience bruxism, or grinding their teeth in their sleep. The effects of bruxism are real and painful, and they can include severe wear and tear on your teeth. Bruxism can also cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), headaches, and even chipping or loss of teeth.

Some common symptoms of bruxism include:

Factors such as stress, medications, and other bad (but subconscious) habits may contribute to the condition. If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, contact your general dentist, who will likely need to examine your mouth as well as discuss your lifestyle and medical history to diagnose the condition accurately. He or she may also want to speak with the person who shares your bedroom to learn more about your nighttime teeth grinding habits.

Sometimes the wear and tear caused by chronic bruxism can necessitate dental fillings or other dental procedures to prevent further damage. If you’re experiencing severe pain, you may need to see an emergency dentist for immediate care. These dental interventions might need to be combined with other modalities, such as anti-anxiety treatments or meditation, to solve the problem at its source.

Book Your Appointment with San Francisco Dentist, Dr. Alex Pastel

If you are concerned about bruxism, but you have not received adequate dental care — such as a night guard for protection while you sleep — contact Pastel Dental to help diagnose and treat your dental issues. Alex Pastel is a best-reviewed dentist in San Francisco, and works with many dental insurance providers. Give us a call today at (415) 831-1999 or book your appointment online with our convenient online scheduling tool.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How To Prevent Cavities And Dental Fillings

Laurel Heights Dentist Shares Easy-to-follow Tips! Your health history and habits all play into your risk for developing cavities. Practicing good hygiene and getting regular checkups can help you prevent cavities and avoid dental filling procedures.

Health Benefits Of Oil Pulling

Our San Francisco Dentist Encourages Oil Pulling for Dental Health Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Probably not. Although the practice is thousands of years old, it remained largely under the radar until a few years ago,...

The Benefits Of Same Day Dental Crowns

Digitally Advanced Dentists in San Francisco Can Produce Dental Crowns in a Matter of Hours A dental emergency can lead to incredible anxiety, missed work and lots of embarrassment.

What You Should Know About Dental Crowns

The Beauty of Same Day Dental Crowns Whether you’ve been dealing with a persistent toothache or in need of aesthetic work for a beautiful smile, you may need to invest in dental work, such as dental crowns.