Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common sleep disorder that causes people to grind their teeth or clench their jaw while sleeping. The affected person usually wakes up with a headache or pain in the mouth and jaw. Bruxism is often caused by stress, fatigue, trauma or smoking. Heredity is also a known factor.
Occasional teeth grinding is not a problem, but when it becomes a habit, it could lead to serious dental complications like Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) and render the teeth weak and damaged. It could also affect relationship with your bed partner, especially when the tooth grinding sound is loud and pronounced. Not to mention the fact that the sound could disrupt your sleep as well.
Night guards are an effective remedy against Bruxism. A typical night guard looks similar to the mouth guard used by boxers to protect their teeth. Although mouth guards are commonly available at local pharmacies, it helps to use a customized one made by a dentist.
At the Anderson Lake Dental, we offer custom-made night guards that fit well and function better than store bought mouth guards. Contact us for more information on treatment options for teeth grinding or if you’d like to order a customized night guard for you.