Teeth Grinding & Night Guards
Do you find yourself grinding your teeth occassionally?
It’s very common, and almost everyone does so from time to time. In most cases, stress and tension are the cause. But for some people, teeth grinding is a chronic problem.
As time goes by, excess stress on the jaw can lead to symptoms of head and neck pain, as well as abnormal wearing of the teeth.
Our Customized Night Guards Provide Rapid Relief
Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep, so you may not even be aware that it’s happening. However, if you wake up with chronic headaches or unexplained shoulder pain, you may be grinding your teeth. These symptoms can become so severe that they actually impact your quality of life.
Over the years, we have helped many patients overcome the painful symptoms of teeth grinding. We create a custom-made device referred to as a night guard (or occlusal splint) that offers quick relief from the painful symptoms of grinding.
The appliance is designed to prevent your upper and lower jaw from coming into contact with each other. This makes teeth grinding virtually impossible, eliminating chronic discomfort and restoring normal movement to your jaw.
Reasons for Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can be the result of muscle tension or a dysfunction of your temporomandibular joint, the joint that allows your upper and lower jaw to move and come together.
Some people experience grinding and clenching because of a misaligned, or unbalanced, dental bite. A dental bite that’s out of alignment places excess force on one side of your mouth. This causes you to grind your teeth, creating constant, unnatural force on the jaw joint and resulting in head and neck pain.
The Problem with Teeth Grinding
These painful symptoms are bad enough, but the constant force placed on your teeth can also lead to other serious dental problems, including:
- Excessive, uneven wear on teeth
- Fractured or chipped teeth
- Loose teeth
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
Addressing teeth grinding with a night guard is an easy and affordable way to prevent these problems from occurring.
Personalized Patient Care
Before deciding if a night guard is right for you, our doctors will sit down and talk to you to discuss your symptoms. After this, we’ll do a thorough examination of your teeth to identify the possible reasons for your teeth grinding.
All our patients receive personalized care, and we will take all the steps necessary to uncover the reason for your discomfort. We will then work with you to find the solution that relieves the painful symptoms of teeth grinding while protecting your oral health.
In some cases a night guard is not the best solution. If so, we’ll be happy to refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.
There really is no reason for you to spend another day living with the symptoms of teeth grinding. If you suspect that your headaches or neck pain are related to grinding, please give us a call so we can arrange a convenient consultation with one of our doctors.