MOUTH GUARDS

Do you often wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? Do you sometimes find yourself clenching your teeth? Until you experience pain or have a dental checkup, you may not realize that you have a condition called “bruxism,” a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth.

 

Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because they do it while they sleep. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth. Bruxism also can cause damage to the temporomandibular joints—the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying layer of dentin may be exposed. This causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.

 

Dr. Beata Czechura may recommend one or more treatments, such as a nightguard that can be worn while sleeping. Custom- made by our doctors from soft material to fit your teeth, the nightguard slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents contact with the opposing teeth. The nightguard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching.

 

Grinding is a common occurrence for many people at some time or another. If you routinely grind your teeth, call us to make an appointment!

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