Dental Mouth Guard
People who grid and clench their teeth can have up to 80 times the normal tooth wear.
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake up with a headache, earache or toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender.
Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth.
This condition is known as bruxism. Bruxism can also cause damage to the temporomandibular joints—the joints on each side of the mouth that connects the lower jaw to the skull.
The pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. 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.
Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stress, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute.
Studies have shown that people who grind and clench their teeth can have up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who do not suffer from bruxism.
For this issue we highly recommend that you be fitted for a night guard. A nightguard is custom-made to fit your teeth. It is made from a soft material and it slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents direct contact with opposing teeth. The night guard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching and can greatly reduce the harm that bruxism can cause.