Bruxism: is a condition in which you abnormally grind or clench your teeth. People who brux during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and TMD.
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
- Teeth that are worn at the edges and flattened
- Notches in a tooth’s enamel at the gum line
- Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
- chipped or cracked teeth
- loose teeth
- sore muscles in the face, jaw neck or shoulders, especially upon waking in the morning
- Pain that feels like an earache, when it’s actually not a problem with your ear
- Dull headache starting in the temples
- Sleep disruption
Treatments for bruxism can include a mouth guard, Botox therapy, and Occlusal Analysis and Equilibration.
Mouth Guards: Mouth guards can protect your teeth from excessive wear or trauma. A mouth guard is also recommended to protect precious restorative dental work such as crowns, implants and veneers. Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Not only does it protect your teeth from injury, it can also minimize serious brain concussion during an impact to the jaw. The American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouth guard during contact or high speed sports. Choosing the right mouth guard is essential since there are many different types of mouth guards on the market.
Store-bought mouth guards can be detrimental and cause more problems than they prevent. They can strain your jaw joint and shift your teeth. Dr. Deegan will make a custom fitted mouth guard for your ultimate protection and comfort.