Bruxism or teeth grinding is a habit that is generally carried out during sleep and is abnormal in oral health.
Do you suffer from headaches, teeth pain, and neck pain when you wake up in the morning?
You could be suffering from teeth grinding and may not even be aware you are doing it in your sleep. Teeth grinding can put excessive force on your teeth and can cause:
- teeth sensitivity
- cracked teeth
- cracked fillings
- excessive teeth wear
Furthermore, jaw related pain and jaw disorders can result from grinding your teeth due to the high stresses placed on your jaw joints, the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ)
Why do I grind my teeth?
There are several reasons why this may occur but usually this happens subconsciously due to stress.
Night guard treatment
After a thorough examination of the teeth and jaws and a diagnosis of Bruxism is made, we discuss prevention and lifestyle changes and educate you on ways you can exercise your facial muscles to reduce the jaw stresses.
Wearing a night guard may also be advised which is an oral appliance worn on your top or bottom teeth that prevents excessive force on your teeth and jaws.