Some people grind or clench their teeth while they sleep, making them unaware of the habit. They may wake up with a sore jaw, headache, or a broken tooth without knowing the cause. Some people even grind their teeth while awake as a nervous habit, and may not even realize they’re doing it.
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can have serious side effects. Call Dr. Eibling if you have any of these symptoms of bruxism:
- You (or your sleep partner) are woken from your teeth grinding or clenching
- Teeth are fractured, chipped or become loose
- Tooth enamel is worn down
- You have increased tooth pain or sensitivity
- Jaw muscles feel tight, or the jaw locks up or won’t open or close completely
- You have pain in the jaw, neck, face or ears
- You get dull headaches, often in the temples
Causes of Bruxism Medical professionals believe teeth grinding is a result of combined physical, psychological, and genetic factors:
- Anxiety, stress, anger or tension
- Deep dreaming and other sleep stimulations
- Certain medications, or substances such as caffeine and alcohol
- Medical conditions such as Parkinson’s, dementia and other diseases
- Genetics: Bruxism commonly runs in families
- In children, causes of bruxism most commonly include oral irritation, allergies, and teeth that need realigning.
Both adults and children who grind their teeth need dental attention. If left unchecked, affected teeth can loosen and fall out.
For children, a check-up by Dr. Eibling and the child’s pediatrician can usually result in corrective solutions. Adults will benefit from a mouth guard worn nightly.
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a type of mouthguard specifically designed to treat bruxism. It fits over your teeth and prevents them from grinding and clenching during sleep. Dr. Eibling will create a custom-made nightguard to protect your smile and alleviate the painful symptoms of bruxism.
Nightguards are easy to use and take care of:
- Rinse before and after each use or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste
- Occasionally clean the night guard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
- Transport the night guard in a sturdy container that has vents
- Don’t leave the night guard in the sun or hot water
- Check for wear and bring your night guard to your dental appointments
Other bruxism treatment
Adults can benefit from relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, and exercise. Cutting down on caffeine or alcohol might also help.
If you show any signs of bruxism, call Vita Dental today to schedule an appointment.
A night guard is a particular type of mouth guard specifically designed to treat Bruxism. What is Bruxism? Many people grind and clench their teeth while they sleep, causing damage that many times they are not even aware of. A night guard fits over your teeth and prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. Dr. Eibling will create a custom-made night guard to protect your smile and alleviate the painful symptoms of Bruxism.
What Is bruxism?
Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, is a common condition that can lead to severe tooth damage. If any damage is found, we can provide you with a customized night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
Do I need a night guard?
If you suffer from Bruxism, a night guard might be what you need to stop pain and tooth damage. You may suffer from Bruxism if you encounter frequent headaches and migraines, have severely worn or flattened teeth, experience tooth pain, jaw pain, facial pain, or ear pain.