Grinding at Night?
Custom-made dental night guards are available at Walnut Ranch Dental Spa. If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you may want to ask us if you are suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10 to 15 percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association.
If you suffer from this condition you’ll unconsciously clench, grind or gnash your teeth during sleep. It is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and is usually associated with a number of symptoms such as jaw pain, insomnia, tooth damage, tooth sensitivity, headaches as well as snoring among others.
Even though the exact cause of teeth grinding is not known, health professionals believe it may be caused by a combination of genetic, psychological and physical factors. Stress or increased anxiety can potentially result in teeth clenching. Also, certain types of medication and substances are other potential causes of bruxism.
Persistent, untreated bruxism can result in deterioration of the enamel all the way through the dentin, compromising the integrity of your teeth and often resulting in excruciating pain. If the damage is allowed to persist, the affected teeth may even need to be removed.
What is the most effective treatment?
The most effective treatment for bruxism is a night guard. Walnut Ranch can provide you with a custom-made, high-quality, comfortable night guard with a superior fit. The night guard will save both your teeth and expensive painful dental work in the future if caught early enough. A personalized night guard will consistently prevent grinding and further harming your teeth.
Human jaws can exert a formidable amount of force. Night guards absorb and disperse this force, protecting the enamel in your teeth from wearing down. Having this barrier between teeth can also relieve the tension in your jaw muscles from clenching so hard. The clenching is typically what lies behind symptoms like facial pain or, in severe cases, lockjaw.
Your comfort is our main priority at Walnut Ranch. We’ll custom make your dental guard to fit your exact mouth so you can rest easy.