Bruxism is the term used to describe the grinding and clenching of teeth, often during sleep. As with most problems that occur during sleep, bruxism often goes undetected until a partner hears the grinding at night or damage is detected by your dentist.
Bruxism can be caused by several factors including stress, pain, certain sleep disorders, or misalignment of teeth. The problem is exacerbated by the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. In severe cases, grinding and clenching can cause dental problems like tooth chipping, sensitivity to hot and cold, and damage to dental work.
Signs of bruxism include sensitive teeth, jaw muscle pain in the morning, flattened or dull teeth, and the sound of grinding during sleep.
St. Clair Dental Associates offers patients who suffer from Bruxism/Grinding customized night guards to help you get a good night’s rest.
Night Guards are an oral appliance similar to a mouth guard that you wear while you sleep. The guards are made from hard moldable plastic and fit over either the upper or lower teeth, creating a cushion that absorbs the impact of grinding or clenching. Night guards are easy to use and comfortable to wear at night.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms described above, please ask us about Night Guards the next time you are in.