Do you clench your teeth or grind them while you sleep?
If you are waking up with jaw pain, tension headaches, or facial pain, you may be suffering from a condition known as bruxism. Many of Todd A. Franklin, D.D.S patients only become aware that they suffer from bruxism when they are diagnosed with significant tooth enamel loss during a scheduled visit with our oral care professionals.
Fortunately, there is a non-invasive and effective solution for teeth grinding and the tooth enamel damage it can cause.
Dental Nightguards for Bruxism
Custom-fabricated nightguards fit like a glove and protect your teeth from the adverse effects of bruxism. Nightguards are created through a non-invasive process that simply takes an impression of the bottom and top rows of teeth. The result is a nightguard that is flexible, comfortable, and personalized to your mouth.
Benefits of Dental Nightguards
Frequent clenching and teeth grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth reduces tooth enamel, and can result in a cracked or chipped tooth, crown, or filling. Nightguards can reduce or eliminate the dental damage that results from teeth grinding. They can also reduce the discomfort associated with headaches, a sore jaw, ear pain, tooth sensitivity, and facial pain that many patients experience as a result of grinding and clenching. In severe cases of bruxism, patients can develop loss of hearing, jawbone misalignment, and TMJ. Therefore, customized nightguards can help prevent the progression of teeth grinding into these more serious conditions.
Additional Tips to Reduce Teeth Grinding
It’s important to wear your nightguard faithfully if you grind your teeth at night. In addition, follow these tips to help to prevent your teeth grinding from worsening:
- Avoid caffeine. In some individuals, caffeine increases the likelihood of teeth grinding.
- Relax your jaw muscles. Make a conscious effort to keep your jaw relaxed. A warm washcloth against your cheek, sticking your tongue between your teeth, and avoiding chewing pencils, pens, and gum are all ways to train the muscles of your jaw to stay relaxed.
- Avoid alcohol. In some patients, alcohol increases teeth grinding tendencies.
- Reduce tension and stress. Whether you take a warm bath before bed, listen to soothing music, or exercise, practice stress-relieving activities to wash away the tensions of the day.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night, be sure to discuss a custom Dental Nightguard with Dr. Todd A. Franklin at your next scheduled visit.
Book your appointment and get your custom Dental Nightguard today!