dental night guardPersistent teeth grinding — also known as bruxism — affects millions of people. The exact number is hard to pin down because it often happens when individuals are asleep and many are not aware of their condition until damage has already occurred. Even though many are doing it unconsciously, they feel the effects in their waking hours. Common symptoms include persistent headaches, chipped and cracked teeth, and jaw misalignment. Luckily, there are solutions and remedies. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist talks about bruxism, its causes, and solutions.

Bruxism Can Cause Serious Damage

One of the most frustrating aspects of teeth-grinding is that by the time you realize it is occurring, you are likely already suffering from some symptoms. As you can expect, this griding can damage your teeth — sometimes to an extent that requires cosmetic procedures to remedy chips and cracks. It can also cause headaches from the pressure your jaw experiences from clenching. Interestingly (and unfortunately) bruxism can also lead to TMJ Disorder. This is when the joints that connect your jaw to the base of your skull become unbalanced and misaligned. This can cause a lot of pain and tension not only in your head and jaw but can also extend into your back and shoulders. Not only can bruxism cause TMJ, but TMJ can also cause teeth-grinding.

Other Causes

In addition to TMJ causing bruxism, it can also stem from external factors like anxiety, stress, and frustration. Moreover, it is also linked to other sleep issues like persistent snoring and sleep apnea. In a lot of cases, treating the root causes can help teeth grinding clear up. While you are in the midst of suffering from this disorder, there are still ways to treat the symptoms: namely, a night guard.

Protect Your Smile With A Night Guard

If you suffer from bruxism, your dentist or dentist will likely suggest a night guard to help protect your teeth from persistent grinding. Before you receive one, your healthcare professional will take an impression of your smile and create a custom mouthguard for you to wear while you sleep. It is made to fit your unique smile, so you can be confident it will fit snugly and comfortably. Similarly, if you suffer from TMJ disorder, you will also get a custom-made mouthpiece to wear. However, instead of it protecting your teeth from grinding, it moves your jaw into its correct position, lessening tension in your mouth. Either way, your dentist or dentist will precisely craft it so it comfortably fits in your mouth. While it may take a little while to get used to, soon wearing it will become a regular part of your nighttime routine.

Call Us To Learn More About Bruxism And Night Guards

If you are waking up with a sore jaw and sensitive teeth, you could be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Luckily, we have solutions. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, please call Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.