In situations where it appears that you have suffered enamel wear, or your teeth look flat or worn down, it could be linked to an underlying condition that is occurring without your awareness. It could be linked to bruxism, which is a condition where you grind your teeth unconsciously. Oftentimes, bruxism occurs while you are sleeping, so several symptoms and signs may be present alerting you to the fact that it is occurring.
Bruxism often occurs through various signs and symptoms of tooth enamel wear or a heightened filling of tooth sensitivity. Because sleep bruxism often occurs while you are sleeping, you may first notice symptoms when you wake up in the morning. If you feel any jaw pain or soreness in the mornings or have tired of tight jaw muscles accompanied by dull headaches, it could be a sign of bruxism. Other common symptoms of bruxism include damage to your teeth that have no reasonable explanation as well as damage to your tongue or cheek tissues due to grinding your teeth and chewing on your gums while you sleep.
If you would like to book an exam for a bruxism assessment treatment with Dr. James Meyer and the rest of our team at Meyer Dentistry, you are welcome to call our dentist office at 864-213-4442 for an appointment in Greenville, South Carolina.