If you have noticed your teeth look worn down or have become more sensitive, or if you wake up clenching your teeth, then you may suffer from nighttime teeth grinding. We see many such cases at our Sun City dental office.
Some people mistakenly believe kids are the only ones who grind their teeth at night. However, adults can also develop this problem, even if they have never dealt with it before.
Luckily, there are solutions if you grind your teeth at night. A mouth guard will help curb the damage being done to your teeth and offers a long-term solution to what can be a recurring problem. Read on to learn more about tooth grinding, often referred to as bruxism, and how you can treat it.
There are three main causes of teeth grinding:
Left untreated, bruxism can result in temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD. This disorder prompts serious pain in the jaw and can also make it difficult to open your jaw.
The most common way to treat nighttime teeth grinding is to get a mouth guard. You insert the mouth guard in your mouth and over your teeth at night. When you grind your mouth, your teeth stay protected beneath the guard.
You can buy a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist. You also can purchase a mouth guard over-the-counter at a store. These can be fitted by boiling them in water, then inserting them in your mouth once they’ve cooled to shape to your teeth.
OTC guards tend to be cheaper than purchasing a custom-made mouth guard, but you will pay for those savings in other ways. A custom-made mouth guard will fit your mouth better and thus may be more effective than a store-bought one. OTC guards may also wear out faster.
You can also opt for other treatments for your bruxism, addressing the root cause of the issue. Getting crooked teeth straightened or filling missing teeth may put a stop to your nighttime grinding. Some people also try avoiding caffeine at night. Certain medications may lead to nighttime teeth grinding as well, but don’t stop taking them without consulting with your physician first.
Your dentist can fit you for custom mouth or night guards right here in Sun City. We will take an impression of your mouth and have the guard made to fit you.
Are you tired of waking up with a sore jaw and worried about the long-term effects of teeth grinding on your mouth? Call us today to schedule an appointment to get your custom night guard.