Your teeth can suffer from bruxism, a condition that involves the unconscious grinding of teeth that often happens during sleep. As a result, your teeth become flattened, chipped, and even cause raw jaw pains.
Most bruxism sufferers are not aware that they have this condition. If you suspect that you have this, call or visit us immediately so we can diagnose and solve the problem. We offer comprehensive treatment at Mayfield Dental Care.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Bruxism comes with after effects. Often, a sufferer may also experience the following:
- Persistent headache
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Facial muscle pain
- Fractured fillings
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Loose teeth
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
There is no singular and universal cause for bruxism. However, studies on the subject have found that 70% of bruxism sufferers are triggered by stress.
When stressed, a person’s shoulder hunches up, the head moves slightly forward, and the teeth clench. A natural reflex to clench and grind the teeth results.
Moreover, people with a hyperactive personality are also more prone to bruxism. Studies show that there are links between teeth grinding and hyperactive personality. During grinding or clenching, excessive nervous energy is released. Further, people with ADHD have greater levels of stress.
Treatment at Mayfield Dental Care
Bruxism has levels of severity and treatment depends on them. For mild bruxism, jaw exercises are effective and helpful.
Aside from the jaw exercises, Mayfield Dental Care also provides night guards or splints to protect your teeth at night.
A night guard is a protective device worn over the teeth to prevent the upper and lower teeth from clashing, thus preventing possible damage.
At Mayfield Dental Care, we fabricate custom-made night guards to ensure a perfect fit and maximum protection. Night guards are made from a thermoplastic material, which fits comfortably over your teeth and puts your jaw into a more relaxed position.
Along with the jaw exercises, some patients only need to wear the dental appliance for a short while to break the habit. Others may need to wear the night guard for a longer period.
Protection at Mayfield Dental Care
Though there is no known cure for bruxism yet, jaw exercises and night guards are proven to effectively manage and stop the resultant damages caused by the grinding.
Your Mayfield Dental Care can help you face this condition with our comprehensive jaw exercises, durable night guards, and even stress- management techniques.
Visit us today for better teeth protection!