Teeth Grinding Solutions & Dental Mouthguards
It’s not uncommon for individuals to occasionally clench their teeth. However, chronic teeth grinding, called bruxism, can cause serious health complications. Common symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Disrupted sleep
- Fractured teeth
- Jaw pain
- Tooth loss
Although teeth grinding can occur during bouts of stress and anxiety, it’s more common for it to happen at night while a person is sleeping, especially if he or she has an abnormal bite and/or missing or crooked teeth. Unfortunately, because teeth grinding mostly happens during sleep, most people are unaware that it’s even happening. However, if you wake up with a sore jaw and/or headache in the morning, this is often a telltale sign of bruxism.
Solutions for Teeth Grinding
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, please inform our doctors. They will examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and wear patterns in your teeth. More often than not, patients are able to rectify the issue with a mouthguard; however, there are times when bridges, crowns, or invisalign® treatments are needed.
Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
Should you experience symptoms of teeth grinding, Our team can fit you with a mouthguard to protect your teeth. If it’s stress or anxiety that’s causing you to grind your teeth, you may want to consider counseling, seeing a physical therapist, or obtaining a prescription for muscle relaxers.
Recommendations for Teeth Grinding
Our doctors advise patients who suspect they may be suffering from bruxism to inform them of this as soon as possible. They also remind patients that teeth grinding is not limited to adults.