Rogersville Nightguards for Bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism, can occur during the day or while sleeping, and to many it seems like a harmless bad habit. Unfortunately, without intervention bruxism can lead to numerous oral health issues including dental chips, cracks, and wear and strain or damage to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and other supportive muscles and facial tissue. At Rogersville Family Dentistry, we offer a simple, comfortable solution for patients suffering from bruxism – custom crafted nightguards.
The Facts About Clenching & Grinding
Many patients are unaware that they even grind or clench their teeth because it typically occurs during sleep. The cause of bruxism is not always clear, but there are a number of warning signs patients can look for to help us diagnose and treat bruxism in earlier stages including:
- Teeth that feel sensitive or sore especially upon waking
- Jaw pain or inability to fully extend the jaw (usually indicates TMJ dysfunction but this can be caused by bruxism)
- Chronic morning headaches
- Earaches, or if left untreated for an extended period, hearing loss
The easiest way to find out is to ask a friend or family member to observe you during sleep. The loud sounds associated with grinding and clenching teeth are very noticeable. Risk factors for bruxism include stress, bite misalignment, aggressive or overly competitive behavior, and biting habits like (finger nail, pencil, or lip biting).
A Solid Solution
Because bruxism is not a conscious habit (most people don’t purposely grind or clench their teeth), it may seem difficult to stop. However, we offer a simple, comfortable, affordable treatment option – nightguards. These high quality, custom mouthguards are crafted to align the bite in its ideal position relieve stress on the jaw joints and place a physical barrier between rows of teeth to prevent potential wear and damage. In some cases, bruxism patients may also benefit from behavioral intervention therapies and stress and anxiety treatments.