Everyday stress can lead to a variety of health issues. It can also manifest in dental problems. Teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, can have a negative impact on your oral health.
You may suffer from headaches and jaw pain and not realize that the cause is teeth clenching and/or bruxism. The extra pressure exerted on the temporomandibular muscles of the jaw can lead to muscle fatigue, swelling and inflammation. This can cause headaches in addition to jaw pain. Some individuals also experience neck and shoulder pain as muscles become over-taxed. In addition to the problems with over-used muscles, the additional pressure on the teeth can lead to enamel erosion, loosening of the teeth or breakage.
A nightguard or occlusal guard is a general dentistry treatment that helps to eliminate the problems of clenching and teeth grinding. These custom-fit appliances work to hold the jaw in a fixed position and cushion the teeth to prevent them from rubbing together.
A Better Night’s Sleep
Bruxism not only causes problems for you, but the sounds of teeth rubbing together can also interrupt your bed partner’s sleep. A better night’s sleep awaits both of you when the issue is adequately addressed.
Most people suffering from bruxism or teeth clenching are not aware of their condition. While these involuntary activities usually happen during sleep, some individuals will clench or grind their teeth during the day as well, especially when enduring excessive stress.
Dental nightguards and occlusal guards are custom made to fit your teeth. These dental devices fit over the teeth and protect them from the damage that can be caused by bruxism and clenching. Over-the-counter devices are available, but professionally crafted custom guards are created to fit your specific bite pattern. They fit better and are more effective in protecting your teeth and the temporomandibular joint.
Bruxism and teeth clenching can be costly. Relationships suffer, your health suffers and your teeth may become damaged. A nightguard or occlusal guard can restore a good night’s sleep. Contact our practice today, and schedule an appointment with Family Smiles Dental for a consultation.