If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, ask if you are suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about ~15% of adults.
A Night Guard is a prescribed dental appliance that is made in a laboratory. Our office starts by making an accurate 3D model of your mouth. This is emailed to the laboratory where the custom night guard is fabricated. Then, we further adjust and refine in the office. A properly fitted night guard can help prevent and lessen the symptoms associated with bruxism and with TMD (Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder).
Other Treatments for Teeth Grinding
Stress prevention: Utilize one or more at-home methods of relaxation, like meditation, to get you to relax and stop clenching your jaw.
Change of diet or medication: Avoiding stimulants, such as caffeine, can reduce teeth grinding. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, might also contribute to the issue. Please discuss with with your prescriber if an alternative is available. The most important thing to know about bruxism is that it can be treated with the help of a dentist.