Teeth grinding (known as bruxism) generally occurs at night while asleep, which means many people who have bruxism are not aware that they have the condition. Some symptoms of teeth grinding include sore jaws and a constant, dull headache. A dentist may also spot signs of the condition, such as abnormalities in the teeth or tenderness in the jaw. Occasional grinding of the teeth may be harmless, regular grinding can cause complications that affect oral health or lead to more serious issues. We are happy to discuss treatment options, including protecting your teeth during sleep by wearing a custom mouth guard.
If you suffer from excess snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, we can help fit you for a custom-made oral appliance sleep dental device. Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the lower jaw, or mandible, forward relative to the upper jaw, maxilla. This increases the air passageway reducing or often eliminating, snoring and sleep apnea. There are several oral appliances and night guards that are FDA and Medicare approved for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.
Occlusal Appliance for Tooth Wear
Description: This video shows you how an occlusal appliance protects teeth from wear caused by night-time teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
Home Maintenance for Oral Appliances
Description: Taking care of your nightguard or oral appliance is important. This video demonstrates how to properly clean your oral appliance, so it doesn’t become damaged or dirty.
Understanding Tooth Wear
Description: This video provides an overview of the three main types of tooth wear and the effect that they have on the appearance and health of your teeth.