Do you have a habit of grinding your teeth?
Do you or does someone you know have a habit of grinding their teeth? This is not just something that’s annoying – it could signify an underlying health problem, and damage your teeth and jaw bones. This dental condition is known as bruxism, which is the habitual grinding of teeth, especially at night. Bruxism can be easily treated with a custom night guard.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding teeth or clenching the jaw. It can be caused by a number of reasons such as stress, anxiety, fatigue, or the misalignment of teeth. Patients can grind their teeth multiple times in the night, usually in the early stages before deep sleep. Regardless of the reason, Bruxism can seriously damage your teeth and jaw. What’s most concerning about it is you might not even know you have it! Luckily, your dentist should be able to detect the symptoms of teeth grinding before it gets too serious. Until your next appointment, be on the lookout for these signs:
- Loud teeth grinding at night
- Increased tooth sensitivity or pain
- Damaged teeth (fractured, loose, chipped)
- Minor headaches near the temples
- Damaged tissue on the inside of the mouth
- Soreness around the mouth area
Effects of Grinding Teeth
Dr. Sasha at New Generation Dentistry in Mission Viejo can help you prevent the harmful consequences of teeth grinding. Some of the consequences include:
- Tooth fractures
- Jaw pain
- Tooth loss
How Do Your Stop Teeth Grinding?
Our team of dentists in Mission Viejo are here to help you find a solution to this condition. We offer a custom-fitted, custom-made night guard that is made by a professional dentist. The night guard is designed with a multi-layered technology that consists of both pliable and rigid materials that work best where you need them most. The pliable material works to cushion your teeth, while the rigid layer protects them.
At New Generation Dentistry, we understand that every patient is unique. We strive to create the perfect fit for your situation, which is why we have three different night guard models that you can choose from. Make an appointment to visit our dental office in Mission Viejo for a consultation.
Updated for 2018.