Individuals who grind their teeth may be causing severe damage to their jaw joint (also called TMJ) and their teeth. For this type of situation we advise that the patient gets suited for a dental night guard, this would help to prevent teeth grinding or clenching which can cause some problems later on.
If you suffer from this condition you may notice pain in your face and jaw especially in the morning and teeth sensitivity or pain as well as wear on the surface or the neck of your teeth. Your teeth may even shift while you grind them together.
In most cases teeth grinding occurs at night time. It can be caused by a variety of circumstances such as stress and anxiety or maybe even by habit. This situation can lead to more issues such as damaging dental fillings, wearing down teeth enamel and can even cause tooth sensitivity as well as irreversible damage to the TMJ.
The dental office can customize the dental night guard based on how complicated the situation is. The night guard can be made for heavy, moderate and light grinding of the teeth. Night guards are durable and can last for 2 years. They are easy to use however may just require some getting used to.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth please do not hesitate to call our office and set up an appointment today.
The information provided is for general information purposes only and not intended to replace professional care. Please consult your physician or dentist for advice and diagnosis so you can be properly treated for your specific situation.