Do you get a restful sleep every night?
Do you wake up feeling refreshed & ready to begin the day or do you wake up with a morning headache?
Do you experience jaw tension and face muscle pain?
If you answered YES to some of the above questions: you might suffer from bruxism.
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) affects millions of people worldwide according to international Sleep Associations.
Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) can lead to a lot of serious circumstances such as cracked teeth due to the strong biting force, enamel chipping, worn down enamel making your teeth extremely sensitive, fracture of existing porcelain crowns, veneers, and bridges.
Not only can severe grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, but it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.
So why do people start clenching and grinding? Here are some of the reasons:
Stress & Anxiety
An abnormal bite, missing tooth or crooked teeth.
Undiagnosed sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
Signs and symptoms to look for in bruxism may include:
Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
Teeth that are flattened, fractured or chipped
Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won't open or close completely
Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
Pain that feels like an earache, though it's actually not a problem with your ear
Dull headache starting in the temples
Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
Fortunately, there are innovative ways to stop or eliminate this problem by using a night guard.
An individual lab created mouthguard to stop bruxism
A mouthguard is a simple, safe, and highly effective teeth guard that absorbs the grinding pressure while preventing enamel wear and tear, reducing morning head-&-mouth aches and improving sleep issues related to grinding and clenching.
The goal is to protect your teeth from being damaged, stop the tooth wear & relax your muscle tension.
The fabrication of a quality mouthguard is a combination of:
An experienced dentist that will guide a laboratory technician correctly to fabricate your tailored night guard.
Precision digital equipment that can capture your existing condition & help to create a mouth guard for your specific needs.
We do not recommend using over-the-counter DIY guards since they can do more harm than good.
At ConfiDent® Palm Dentist, we offer personalized, high-quality, fabricated to your specifics - dental night guards that will:
Give you a comfortable digital bite impression
Custom-fit for all teeth alignments and teeth sizes
Durable & sustainable material
Sustains normal wear and tear for up to six-eight months
Ensured to stay in place throughout the entire night
Relief for headaches and jaw pain associated with grinding and clenching
If you can’t remember the last time you woke up feeling refreshed, it may be that you’re worried or stressed out. Try to practice relaxation activities that will he put you more at ease and away from your stressors.
Good sleep is essential to a healthy life - Sleep well, protect your teeth and wake up pain-free!
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Secondary source educational information gathered by the author.
About ConfiDent ® Palm Dental Clinic.
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Our premium class practice uses sophisticated and precision-engineered German-made technology that helps us to perform all treatments at the highest level.
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