Could Stress Be Causing Your Aching Teeth?
If you have aching teeth with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, you may be experiencing bruxism. Bruxism is the technical term for grinding your teeth. Bruxism is a common cause of aching teeth that affects millions of people of all ages in the United States. (1)In addition to aching teeth, symptoms of bruxism include:
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- General feeling of pain in the face
- Jaw muscles that feel painful or tight
- Chipped, broken, or worn teeth or fillings
- Swelling along the lower jaw
- Contractions of the jaw muscles
- Audible teeth grinding at night (1)
Treatment for Aching Teeth
If you experience aching teeth and other symptoms of bruxism, see a dental professional as soon as possible. If left untreated, chronic tooth grinding can damage crowns and fillings, and wear away tooth enamel, putting your teeth at increased risk for infection or decay. Causes of bruxism that lead to aching teeth include crooked teeth, poor jaw alignment, and stress or anxiety. If bruxism is due to misaligned teeth, straightening your bite with orthodontia could help solve the problem. But if bruxism is due to chronic stress, stress management techniques may be needed to help relieve your aching teeth.
Tour dental professional may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night to help prevent tooth pain associated with bruxism. (2)