Grinding your teeth together is something that some people do unconsciously or when they sleep. This habit called bruxism can lead to complications like:
- Abnormally worn teeth
- Damaged restorations
- Compromised tooth stability
- Gum recession
- Broken prosthetics like dentures or bridges
When our mouth is at rest, the teeth should be apart with the lips touching. Clenching the teeth or grinding them together is just one way that some people exhibit stress or anxiety.
How can you tell if you’re grinding or clenching your teeth? Some symptoms include:
- Sore jaw muscles
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Headaches or earaches
- Pain through the neck and shoulders
- Popping or clicking of the TMJ
Thankfully, we are able to help patients avoid damage to their teeth and eliminate symptoms of teeth grinding by making custom-fitted mouth guards.
Mouth Guards for Grinding
A custom-made mouth guard is a removable prosthesis that is worn at night (or during stressful times, such as rush hour). The guard protects the teeth fromwearing against one another or severe tension of the jaw muscles. Wearing a guard is one of the best preventive measures you can take to protect the future of your smile. It just takes one visit for an impression, and in a week or two you’ll have your custom-fitted appliance, ready to take home!