If you have bruxism, Drs. Robert Page, Preetha Chally or John Boyle can recommend a night guard. These special mouth guards protect your teeth and other oral structures against the damage caused by grinding your teeth while you sleep. We invite you to call us at 617-574-8700 to make your appointment with our dentists and learn more about night guards in Boston and Arlington, Massachusetts.
Teeth grinding, clinically referred to as bruxism, is the act of grinding and clenching the teeth. People could do this consciously or unconsciously, either during the day or while they are sleeping. This is considered a dental as well as a medical problem. Teeth grinding affects both teeth and the supporting structure surrounding the teeth. While occasional teeth grinding will not cause any dental problems, grinding teeth on a regular basis could damage your teeth and cause several dental health problems.
WHAT CAUSES GRINDING OF TEETH?
Teeth grinding occurs while sleeping. It can be caused by stress and anxiety. Also, it is more likely to be caused due to an abnormal bite or crooked teeth.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TEETH GRINDING?
In most cases, teeth grinding occurs while sleeping, and this is the reason many people are not aware of how often bruxism may occur. However, some of the common symptoms of bruxism include dull, constant headaches and a sore jaw. Some people get to know that they grind their teeth from their loved ones who hear the grinding at night. However, if you suspect bruxism, it is always advisable to consult your Boston dentists. We will examine your mouth and jaw to notice the signs of bruxism. Jaw tenderness and any kind of abnormalities in your teeth are the signs of this dental problem.
WHAT ARE THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF BRUXISM?
Chronic teeth grinding can often result in loosening, fracturing or loss of teeth. In such cases of dental damages, one needs to opt for treatment procedures such as bridges, crowns, dental implants, root canals, or partial or complete dentures. Apart from damaging your teeth, chronic teeth grinding can also affect your jaws. This could result in hearing loss and changes in the appearance of your face.
HOW TO STOP GRINDING YOUR TEETH
When you consult our dentists, you can get the right treatment for this dental problem. We will fit you with a mouth guard that protects your teeth from grinding during the daytime or at night. We can also suggest ways to reduce your stress levels if it is the reason for teeth grinding. While you can find many mouth guards in the market, our dentists may recommend a specific brand or suggest a custom-made night guard, as it will fit you well and be more durable. As different people have different jaw line structures and teeth alignment, we will recommend the right mouth guard after considering all factors.
For more information about night guards, and to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists, please contact Congress Dental Group or Arlington Dental Smiles today.