We Can Treat Bruxism with a Custom Mouth Guard
Do you wake up with a sore jaw? Do you suffer from dental sensitivity, or have you sustained excessive tooth wear? If so, you may be struggling with bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding and clinching. Bruxism can cause significant discomfort, and it can greatly impact your oral health. Fortunately, we offer effective preventive treatment using custom-made mouth guards.
Understanding Bruxism and Its Causes
Bruxism can occur for several reasons, from excessive stress to an imbalance in your bite. In some cases, the condition may be the result of missing or crooked teeth, which can make your bite sit too uncomfortably. You may unconsciously grind your teeth as you try to bring your top and bottom dental arches into proper alignment.
If you habitually grind and clench your jaw, you most likely do so at night. Therefore, you may not know that you are suffering from bruxism. Signs of this condition can include:
- Facial pain
- Dental sensitivity
- Tooth wear
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Cuts/abrasions on your tongue or inside of your cheeks
Dr. Lo can treat bruxism in several ways, depending on the underlying cause. If one or more damaged teeth affect the force of your bite, she may place custom-made dental crowns. Alternatively, if your bruxism is the result of dental misalignment, she may refer you to a local orthodontist. However, mouth guards are typically the most common treatment for teeth grinding. You will only need to wear your custom-made device at night, and it will fit comfortably over your teeth to prevent the top and bottom arches from touching.
Treating Bruxism Can Protect Your Oral Health
If you experience any of the bruxism symptoms listed above, do not let the condition go untreated. Without proper care, your teeth could sustain structural damage, and you may eventually require extensive restorative treatment. Additionally, the constant force on your jaw joints could lead to TMJ Disorder (TMD). A simple mouth guard can have tremendous benefits for your future dental health.