Bruxism, the excessive grinding of teeth or clenching of jaws, is a compulsive act that is usually a symptom of anxiety or stress and typically occurs during sleep but also can occur while awake. Other causes of teeth grinding or clenching include an abnormal bite or alignment issues brought on by crooked or missing teeth, and sometimes occurs in those who suffer from sleep apnea.
Habitual teeth grinding can lead to tooth wear (attrition), sensitive teeth, damage to teeth and dental restorations, aching jaw muscles, and frequent headaches. Symptoms can start out minimal, but if not managed can progress. Some of the most common symptoms of bruxism include:
Fortunately, advances in dental technology have allowed our Sugar Land dental office to offer the perfect solution for bruxism: occlusal dental nightguards. An occlusal dental night guard or splint is used to assist in the prevention of nighttime teeth grinding. A guard can be made of soft or hard material and is designed to be worn over the teeth at night to prevent damage to teeth. It also aids in the reduction of strain placed on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and helps stabilize the occlusion by minimizing changes to teeth positions.
If you’re experiencing problems with bruxism that are affecting your sleep and overall oral health, book an appointment with Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX today. Our custom dental night guards will help keep your smile protected and comfortable!