I get this all the time. Patients don't think that they grind/clench their teeth. And then I show them pictures where their teeth look like they were used to stop Fred Flinstone's car or multiple fracture lines across the teeth or fillings or crowns have made the tooth look like they are ready to explode in slow motion. Then I hear "those are MY teeth"?!?! But this is understandable. The damage happens over a long period of time very slowly and when people clench/grind, they are usually sleeping. So I get being incredulous about this condition. But more and more the damage from "bruxism" is keeping me busy..fractured teeth and fillings, broken crowns, jaw pain, gum recession, chipped front teeth, broken veneers....all from the excess pressure you put on your teeth.
How To Treat Bruxism
See me and I can get you fitted with a night guard...a thin plastic mouthpiece worn on the upper teeth to help protect your teeth from the damage. I can teach you physical therapy like exercises to help with the jaw soreness. I can give you ways to control the bruxism that occurs during the day as well. Many options that can help keep your teeth in your head long term. If you think you have damage from grinding, pay me a visit and we can chat more about it.