Defend Your Teeth Through Bruxism Management
Do you catch yourself grinding your teeth incessantly sometimes throughout the day? Do you wake up with sore, sensitive teeth, or to complaints from your sleeping partner about the noise of you grinding your teeth at night? Bruxism describes the unconscious tendency to grind your teeth, which usually occurs most often at night. Because of the constant pressure and friction between your teeth, driven by your powerful jaw joints, bruxism can wear your teeth down, damage them, force them out of alignment, or worse.
Symptoms and Treatment for Bruxism
Your jaw is the most powerful part of your body, in terms of exertion. On average, an adult human mouth can generate up to 200 pounds of pressure and more on its back teeth. The consistent exposure to this pressure can lead to a number of symptoms that could warn you of bruxism’s presence, including;
- Noticeable wear on your teeth, particularly their front and chewing surfaces
- Chips and/or cracks in a tooth that you don’t remember happening
- One or more loose teeth
- Chronic headaches, even migraines, especially when first waking up in the morning
- Pain and/or soreness in your jaw muscles and joints
If you notice these symptoms, or if Dr. Darlington detects damage consistent with bruxism during your dental exam, he can recommend a custom-made protective sleepguard. The appliance fits over your teeth similar to a sports mouthguard, but thinner and more comfortable, and is designed to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep. If your teeth have suffered damage, then Dr. Darlington may also recommend an appropriate restorative treatment, such as one or more dental crowns.