We often see patients who suffer from symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain and dental discomfort as a result of tooth grinding, which is also known as bruxism. If you grind your teeth at night, this could contribute to tooth wear and damage, as well as aches and pains, but there’s no need to worry, as we have some really effective treatments to help you sleep at night.
What causes tooth grinding?
Tooth grinding is often caused by anxiety or stress and we often see patients who have very hectic schedules and high power, stressful jobs. Many people who grind their teeth are often completely unaware that they do so until their partner tells them because it tends to be a subconscious action which occurs at the night.
In some cases, tooth grinding can also occur as a result of uneven fillings or tooth surfaces or misalignment of the teeth, which may need to be corrected by orthodontic treatment.
How can we help?
If you grind your teeth, there is a risk of damage to the teeth and treatment may be required to prevent this. We can provide custom-made bite guards to prevent contact between the teeth and protect the teeth. Bite guards are similar to mouth guards, which are recommended for contact sports and martial arts. Wearing a custom-made bite guard enables you to sleep peacefully and comfortably without the risk of breaking or chipping a tooth or waking up with jaw pain or headaches.
If you regularly wake up with a headache or you’ve noticed that you are getting migraines and your partner has mentioned that you have been grinding your teeth at night, we can help. Call us today and arrange a consultation.