It is very possible that you are grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Other symptoms of clenching and grinding include the edges of the teeth getting worn down and in more extreme cases, fracturing of the teeth.
Night-guards are a common treatment for clenching and grinding. This will be a custom-fitted night-guard that is matched exactly to your bite. Wearing this at night prevents the upper and lower arches from coming in contact with each other which, in turn, prevents clenching, grinding, and wear on teeth.
In most cases, you do not need to be concerned with children grinding their teeth. This is especially true with baby teeth. Typically, they will out-grow this habit and no treatment is needed. It is important to discuss any concerns you have with your dentist here at The Dental Center.
Jaw clicking that is asymptomatic (without pain or discomfort) is a very common condition. It can be very mild and infrequent to loud and it even can be a nuisance. Any concerns you have should be discussed with your dentist. In most cases, no treatment is needed for jaw clicking unless it is causing you pain.
Head, neck, and/or jaw pain should be evaluated. It is important to call to set up an appointment here at The Dental Center to have an exam. If you are experiencing moderate-severe pain outside of office hours, you should contact your primary care physician or visit the emergency room.