Do you wake up with headaches or pain in your neck and shoulders? Have you noticed that your teeth are starting look worn? These could be signs of bruxism, which means you are grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep.
Not only is bruxism bad for your oral health, but it is probably preventing you from getting good sleep during the night. If you think you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, call Dr. Drew Spencer and find out if a night guard can solve your bruxism problem. A night guard could mean waking up pain free and sleeping better during the night.
The Problem with Bruxism
Grinding your teeth at night puts a lot of pressure on your teeth—up to 250 pounds of force! Not only do sufferers often wake up in pain, but their teeth eventually start to wear and crack under the pressure.
Other problems can also incur from the back-and-forth motion of grinding, including pockets in the gums and broken fillings. Teeth grinders often end up needing root canal therapy.
Left untreated, bruxism can cause a lot of problems!
A Night Guard May Provide a Solution
A night guard is a device that fits between your upper and lower teeth. It is worn at night while you sleep to protect your teeth from grinding against each other.
A custom-made night guard from the dentist is made to fit the contours of your mouth and teeth perfectly. Over-the-counter devices are often ill-fitting, and people find that they do not use them regularly, which defeats the purpose of the night guard. A custom night guard from your dentist will also last much longer than over-the-counter options.
You don’t need to put up with jaw pain and headaches! Contact Dr. Spencer at Edina Five-0 to find out how a night guard can give you a good night—and a good morning.
TMJ Disorders and Bruxism
Sometimes teeth grinding occurs as a result of a TMJ disorder. The TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are located on either side of your head and enable your jaw to open and close.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders can be different from one person to another. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Inflammation and pain in the jaw joints
- Jaw joints that click or pop when you open or close your mouth
- Tooth grinding or tooth clenching
- Problems with fully opening or closing your mouth
- Your teeth not coming together completely
- Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, including headaches
Call Our Office Today
If you have TMJ disorder symptoms or you think you are grinding your teeth, call us to schedule an evaluation. Dr. Spencer can recommend treatment to eliminate your pain and protect your oral health.