Do you grind your teeth at night? We can help!
Bruxism is the technical name given to the grinding of teeth that sometimes happens to people when they sleep or concentrate. The two main characteristics of this condition are the grinding of the teeth and the clenching of the jaw. This phenomenon usually occurs during sleeping hours but can also occur consciously in adults as well as in children.
Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw is much more than just a nervous habit to ignore, as such a disorder can lead to serious oral health problems, including excessive tooth wear and possibly the development of temporomandibular joint pain. The best and easiest solution is to speak with a dental professional like Dr. Al Eid to learn about custom-made mouthguards specially designed to prevent the harmful consequences of teeth grinding.
Why should I seek treatment for bruxism?
Although bruxism alone does not cause gum disease, chronic tooth grinding can worsen already existing or emerging disease.
Facial pain and headaches
Bruxism can eventually shorten and blunt teeth, causing muscle pain and, in severe cases, very painful headaches.
Tooth wear and sensitivity
Abnormal wear surfaces on the teeth caused by bruxism can lead to residual tooth sensitivity.
In more severe cases, bruxism can also lead to painful arthritis of the temporomandibular joints that allow the jaw to open and close smoothly.
A mouthguard is a carefully molded plastic mouthpiece that is worn during sleep. This prevents teeth from rubbing and grinding against each other and avoids permanent damages. If you suspect that you or any of your family members are grinding their teeth, please do not hesitate to consult Dr. Al Eid. He will be happy to see if this treatment is appropriate for you.