Bruxisim, Grinding, and Nightguards Explained

Grinding and stress can be related. Many people automatically feel apprehensive or stressed when they think of a visit to the dentist.  Even without a dental appointment, though, stress can affect your dental health.  Stress causes different responses in each of us.  One very common response is to grind or clench our teeth (a condition known as bruxism), especially while sleeping.

Grinding and Bruxism

Bruxism can cause a variety of dental symptoms such as; temperature sensitivity in our teeth, soreness while chewing, a deep dull ache in our chewing muscles, pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint), and broken teeth or restorations.  Grinding can also contribute to periodontal or gum disease, gum recession, and tooth mobility.

Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Since it is impossible to eliminate stress from our daily lives, it is very difficult to reduce or quit grinding our teeth.  For many people, a nightguard is the best option.  This plastic appliance is worn over the teeth while sleeping and by controlling the tremendous forces that bruxism generates, helps to reduce symptoms and damage to the teeth.

It takes a few days to get used to wearing a nightguard, but they are very comfortable and a simple addition to your nightly routine.  I have used one for over thirty years and can definitely feel the difference if I miss a night.  Call us if you have any questions about bruxism or nightguards.

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