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By Cumberland Pointe Dental
February 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bruxism   Teeth Grinding  

If you often wake up with headaches or a sore jaw in the morning, you might be grinding your teeth at night. Habitual night grinding, a condition known as bruxism, can cause teeth to become worn down and damaged. The stress of grinding can also aggravate the temporomandibular joints that connect the jaw to the skull. Dr. Jaclyn Ridder, the skilled dentist at Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN can help you protect your teeth from night grinding with a custom night guard.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition associated with habitual teeth grinding, often occurring at night while sleeping. There can be many reasons why some people grind their teeth, but some common causes include stress and anxiety. Chronic bruxism can lead to several problems, including headaches, jaw discomfort, and tooth pain. Regularly grinding the teeth also causes the protective enamel surface to wear away, which makes teeth more vulnerable to staining and decay.

Another problem that can develop in conjunction with bruxism is a condition known as TMJ disorder. This condition can result when the temporomandibular joints connecting the jawbone to the skull become irritated. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder include a locked jaw, difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and clicking of the temporomandibular joints. Protecting your teeth from night grinding can help prevent TMJ disorder from developing.

Custom Night Guards

Night guards or a highly effective method for treating night grinding. The guards are worn at night over both arches of teeth so they cannot touch. By preventing the top and bottom rows of teeth from coming into contact with each other, night guards prevent the teeth from grinding. When night grinding is prevented, jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms should disappear.

Custom night guards are the best way to go since they offer a perfect fit. The experienced dentist at our office in Noblesville can have custom night guards made for you based on an impression of your teeth. With your new custom night guards, you can be free from night grinding.

Night guards can protect your teeth from night grinding and alleviate the side effects associated with it, such as jaw pain. Dr. Ridder can help you obtain custom night guards. To schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentist call Cumberland Pointe Dental in Noblesville, IN at (317) 770-4783.