Teeth grinding or bruxism can be caused by many things. Medical researchers say that there are various factors involved with this involuntary action. Bruxism can result in the scraping of teeth resulting in a painful jaw, headaches and stressed muscle.
Most people who have this condition are not aware that they grind or clench their teeth as this usually occurs while they sleep or are taking a nap. With the help of a dental professional, causes and treatments for teeth grinding can be quickly determined.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
If you have bruxism, you may experience the following signs upon waking:
- Aching teeth
- Ear pain
- Stiffness in the face
- Tooth indentions on the tongue
Teeth Grinding and Your Dental Health
Bruxism can affect your dental health. It can lead to some problems that will affect your teeth, such as:
- Damaged tooth enamel
- Excessive tooth wear
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Damaged tooth restorations
- Jaw pain
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss (in rare cases)
Solutions for Teeth Grinding
If you grind or clench your teeth at night, your dentist at Glenroy Dental Group can help by providing you with a night guard. A night guard is like a mouthguard that is custom-made and designed for your mouth to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
Night guards are transparent devices worn over your biting surfaces while you are asleep. They can stop the damage to your teeth due to bruxism by preventing the contact between the lower and upper teeth.
To get a precise fit, your dentist will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth. The night guard will be fabricated in a dental lab by a skilled dental technician. Once the fabrication is done, your dentist will properly fit the night guard to your mouth. Night guards should be worn when you sleep at night.
At The Glenroy Dental Group, you are one step away from having the smile you always wanted. Your trusted Glenroy dentist will give you a fully informed idea of all your treatment options, costs, and durations.
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