Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, affects about eight percent of adults according to the National Sleep Foundation. This condition can cause a variety of problems, but the good news is that it can often be treated effectively with a mouth guard worn during sleep.
Nighttime clenching and grinding of your teeth can lead to serious health concerns. If you experience any of the following, it is important that you address the issue promptly.
A chipped or damaged tooth or teeth is often the first sign that your grinding has become more serious. This will require a potentially costly repair and can lead to cavities, so it's best to consider a mouth guard before more damage is done.
If you grind your teeth most nights, a mouth guard may be necessary. While this appliance won’t stop your grinding, it can minimize the negative effects.
If you wake up with a headache every morning, it may be the result of nightly grinding. A mouth guard may help.
If you have already been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ or TMJD), ask us about a mouth guard. This device will prevent your teeth from clenching and grinding and reduce some of the pain associated with the condition.
A high-quality, comfortable, custom-made night guard from Birchwood Dental may also provide the benefit of a better night’s sleep. To learn more, contact our friendly, knowledgeable team to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at (208) 228-5499. We proudly serve patients throughout the Treasure Valley.