If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.
Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work; trouble sleeping; an abnormal bite or crooked teeth; or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism. You may not even know you grind your teeth, since it often occurs when you are sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to jaw pain, broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.
Teeth grinding and clenching cause pain and hot-and-cold sensitivity. It can cause your gums to recede, and expose the sensitive dentin area of your teeth. The strong vertical forces of grinding can cause your teeth to break, crack, cause pain, and become sensitive.
Dr. Mitchell provides an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism. Nightguards, also called occlusal guards, are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that bruxism causes over time. The appliance is worn over your top or bottom teeth and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.