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Nightguards for Bruxism

woman at work smiling Teeth grinding can be symptomatic of several different health-related conditions. For many people, teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a habit or a sign of too much stress. Bruxism may also happen as a consequence of a bad bite or crooked teeth, as you may try to adjust your bite in an attempt to have teeth fit together properly. Sleep apnea can also cause some people to grind their teeth at night. Whatever the reason for teeth grinding, treatment is essential. At Allen Creek Family Dentistry, our doctors often prescribe comfortable fitting nightguards in Marysville.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?

If you occasionally catch yourself grinding your teeth in stressful situations, then you probably have nothing to worry about. However, problems can arise when bruxism becomes habitual, especially at night. While you are asleep, you probably do not know that you are grinding your teeth. Of course, the person on the other side of the bed may be all too familiar with that annoying sound.

Other signs and symptoms of bruxism are:

What are the Effects of Teeth Grinding?

As mentioned above, occasional teeth grinding probably does not have any harmful effects on your teeth or your bite. Nightly grinding, on the other hand, can most definitely have a negative impact on your smile and your oral health.

Most noticeably, severe bruxism can cause some teeth to become significantly worn down. In addition, the constant pressure of bruxism can break or loosen teeth. Similarly, if you grind teeth that have fillings, these can loosen as well and eventually need replacing.

Some people who grind their teeth consistently end up having temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. These are the joints that allow you to open and close your mouth so you can eat and speak with ease. Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include a sore jaw, feeling as if your jaw is locked in place, a popping sound when you open your mouth and ear pain.

How Does A Nightguard Help Teeth Grinding?

To treat habitual teeth grinding in Marysville, your dentist at Allen Creek Family Dentistry may prescribe a custom-fitted nightguard. This oral appliance is precisely fabricated from an impression of your teeth. Worn consistently, a nightguard prevents your upper and lower teeth from meeting and grinding together.

Don’t let your smile succumb to the consequences of bruxism. Contact us today if you have any questions or if you are ready to schedule an appointment for a nightguard. Dr. Ludu, Dr. Sharma, and Dr. Giovine look forward to providing you and your family with care that’s high in quality and always personalized to fit your unique needs.