Teeth Grinding: Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. The exact reason for teeth grinding is yet to be discovered.
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, morning headache or sore jaw muscles is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth by their loved one who hears the grinding at night.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. We can examine your muscles and teeth for signs of bruxism and give you a custom guide that can protect your teeth from all the harmful effects of grinding.
Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in sensitivity to heat and cold, fracturing or loosening of teeth. The chronic grinding may wear their teeth down to stumps. It is extremely important to identify the condition early on and avoid the potential problems that comes with chronic teeth grinding.
What Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
It is hard to stop the grinding but we can give you a custom made mouth guard also called occlusal device to protect your teeth from the harmful effects of grinding during sleep. Our night guard is very comfortable, easy to insert – and puts virtually no pressure on anterior teeth.