A lot of people have the habit of grinding and clenching their teeth at night and may not even be aware of it. The medical term for this condition is bruxism. Some of the most common symptoms of this problem are listed below:
- pain in the muscles of the face pain
- pain and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles
- tightness and stiffness in the shoulders
- worn teeth, which can cause increased tooth sensitivity, short teeth, and possible tooth loss
- sleep disruption
- difficulty opening your mouth
- fractured teeth or fillings
The facial muscles contract as a result of the forces exerted while grinding and clenching the teeth. This puts stress on the neck region and jaw joint. If left unattended, the condition can cause shoulder aches, discomfort in the neck and even pain and numbness in the legs. Chronic bruxism can also lead to wear in the teeth and bite imbalances. The most common cause of this problem is stress. Some of the symptoms of grinding, such as facial pain, often subside when you stop grinding your teeth, while the ones such as tooth damage, are permanent and may need dental treatment.
A custom dental night guard helps protect teeth and dental work from the harmful effects of teeth grinding at night. A night guard covers the tooth surfaces and prevents the force caused by grinding to cause any damage to the teeth. We prepare your night guard by taking an impression of your teeth and sending it to a dental lab where your oral appliance is made using high-quality, lightweight material that does not interfere with your sleep. We then ensure that your night guard is comfortable and fits well and advise you on how to wear it properly.
If you suffer from bruxism, contact the office of Lithia Springs Family Dentistry for a custom dental night guard. Call us at (770) 824-4825.