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How Can I Protect My Teeth From Grinding at Night?

June 4, 2021 9:29 pm | Published by

Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, is a fairly common problem that affects many patients. Teeth grinding may only occur during periods of stress, and it can happen during sleep or unconsciously during the day. If you find that you grind your teeth, whether it’s intermittently or on a daily basis, seeking treatment is incredibly important. The jaw muscles are among the strongest muscles in the human body, and while teeth are also strong, they cannot be subjected to routine clenching and grinding without incurring some damage.

Custom Nightguard to Protect Your Teeth

If you clench or grind your teeth when you are awake, try to make note of when it typically happens and make a conscious effort to stop doing it. Nightly teeth grinding is trickier, as patients are often in a deep sleep when their bruxism occurs. In this case, we recommend investing in a custom nightguard to protect your teeth. Our team can take quick impressions of your teeth during a routine dental visit and send them to an off-site lab. After a week or two, we will have you come back in to try it on. You can make sure that the nightguard feels comfortable on your teeth, we will make any necessary adjustments, and then you can take it home with you!

Bruxism/TMJ Nexus

Bruxism and TMJ/TMD can also go hand in hand. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, and it refers to patients who clench their teeth during the night as opposed to just grinding their teeth together. This can put pressure on the jaw joints and cause jaw pain and soreness as well as face pain, ear pain, and difficulty opening the mouth and chewing. If you frequently experience these symptoms, our office provides TMJ treatment as well, which includes jaw exercises that can help stretch and relax the muscles.

Teeth Grinding Relief at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry

These disorders are not only painful and uncomfortable to deal with, but they can also cause irreversible damage to the teeth, gums, and jawbone if left untreated. If you know that you clench and/or grind your teeth at night, we recommend scheduling a visit with our office as soon as possible, and we will be more than happy to help you.

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