Grind bruxism habit to a halt
Brought to you by Todd Gifford, DMD, Gifford Family Dentistry - DENTAL INSIDER -
Bruxism is defined as excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For many, this condition goes unnoticed until symptoms begin to surface.
Symptoms may include:
Teeth grinding or clenching loud enough to wake others
Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth
Increased sensitivity of the teeth
Soreness or tightness in the jaw or face
A dull headache or earache
Psychological and physical causes can include anxiety, stress, anger or frustration; poorly aligned teeth; sleep apnea; and certain medications.
Custom therapeutic nightguards are a great treatment option for bruxism.
Look for a dentist who has special training to fabricate a custom therapeutic night guard that can help prevent further damage to your teeth, while also inhibiting your subconscious desire to engage in bruxism while sleeping.
Facebow and Centric Relation are terms you should listen for when your dentist explains how he or she fabricates such nightguards.
A custom therapeutic nightguard requires more than a simple impression of your upper and lower teeth and is much better than anything that can be purchased over the counter or via the internet.
By better understanding the symptoms, causes and treatments of bruxism, you will be better able to find the relief you need, protect your smile from damage, and grind this destructive habit to a halt.
Gifford Family Dentistry
1616 SW Sunset Blvd., Ste E
Portland, OR 97239