If you wake up each morning tired, with a headache and sore jaw, you may be dealing with bruxism. Bruxism typically happens during sleep, when you unknowingly grind your teeth or clench your jaws. For patients experiencing bruxism, we can fabricate a night guard that keep upper and lower teeth from touching, ultimately preventing potential dental damage. In addition, we can rebuild worn, cracked, or crazed teeth (those with tiny, web-like fractures across the surface) with dental crowns, to restore your good oral health.
Who Needs a Night Guard?
Stress and anxiety are the major causes of bruxism. When you are anxious, your body produces stress hormones, which can lead to jaw clenching. Missing teeth and dental misalignment from an underbite, crossbite, or an open bite can also cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, the first step in treating bruxism is fitting you with a night guard. It will help alleviate jaw aches and other symptoms, while eliminating the risk for bruxism-related dental damage.