Bruxism (teeth grinding) is an involuntary grinding or clenching of your teeth, and usually occurs while you sleep. Grinding your teeth can create a great deal of force on your jaw, which can cause damage to your teeth and jaw joints. Most often the cause of grinding is stress related but can also be caused by the misalignment of your teeth.
Some symptoms of grinding include sore jaw muscles, headaches and neck or ear pain. Upon oral examination, your dentist may see wear on your teeth that indicates you are grinding.
A nightguard can help protect your teeth from the harmful effects of grinding and clenching and prevent further damage. A nightguard is custom made to fit over your upper or lower teeth, preventing the teeth from grinding together and allowing your jaw joints to be positioned in the most relaxed state. Whether you are grinding or clenching, require TMJ therapy, or even have sleep apnea, different types of nightguards can be custom made. Ask our experienced team of dentists for treatment options.