Grinding Your Teeth at Night?
Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaws is a condition known as bruxism. It's quite common and can occur at any age for any number of reasons.
Bruxism typically wears down the teeth over time and can result in breaks or cracks in the teeth, eventually altering a person's bite. Once the bite has been altered this can lead to TMJ disorder, a painful, chronic malady that effect the muscles and nerves that support the joints of the jaw. Treating bruxism early prevents further damage to the teeth and can avoid TMJ altogether.
In treating bruxism we fabricate an oral appliance that helps to prevent grinding of the teeth and clenching of the muscles. Most people experience bruxism while sleeping and as such, the appliance is often referred to as a 'night guard'. Night guards are worn during sleep and act to prevent damage and muscle tension.
We can assess the wear on your teeth and determine whether or not you need a night guard. We can also rebuild and reshape any teeth that are already worn due to the condition, restoring your bite to its correct position.