Bruxism / Nightguard - Thornhill & Richmond Hill
What Is Bruxism?
One common sleeping condition that patients have is bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping. Well, this may not sound serious, nighttime grinding and clenching places tons of pressure on your teeth, leading to pain in your jaw and nearby areas. Bruxism erodes your chewing surfaces as your teeth gradually become damaged from the constant pressure.
Teeth Damaged from Grinding
Bruxism can cause a variety of negative consequences such as:
- Severe jaw pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Fractures and worn down teeth
- Loosened teeth or fillings
- Tooth sensitivity due to the enamel being eroded away
- Flattened teeth
- Pain and damage to the TMJ joint
How is bruxism caused?
Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Bite problems
- Spaces between teeth
- Worn teeth
Because most people grind or clench their teeth while asleep, they aren’t aware of their actions. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, we recommend that you visit your dentist for a checkup.
How is bruxism treated?
One of the best ways to treat bruxism is with a nightguard. A nightguard an oral appliance that is worn while sleeping to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. It works by keeping your jaw relaxed so that you can enjoy a better night’s sleep. Because nightguards are custom-made specifically for each mouth, they are more comfortable to wear than traditional mouthguards. They are also quite small so won’t trigger your gag reflex. Besides nightguards, finding out the cause of your bruxism will help to stop the nighttime grinding. This may include relaxation exercises to reduce stress or correct bite problems.
Contact TS Dental to learn more about bruxism and nightguards today.