Grinding teeth has several consequences such as shortening the front teeth, flattening the top surface of the back teeth, receding gum, sensitivity, and jaw joint injury. Custom made night guards are indicated for those who grind and clench their jaw, especially during the night and sleep,
What Is Bruxism?
“Keep a stiff upper lip” or “get a grip!” That’s often the advice we get—and give—on how to cope with stress.
If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It’s called bruxism, and often it happens as we sleep, caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked.
Symptoms include a dull headache or a sore jaw.
You could have teeth that are painful or loose from severe grinding. This can lead to fractures in your teeth.
We can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep.
If stress is the cause you need to find a way to relax! Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, counseling and even exercise may help reduce tension.