Clenching the jaw is a common way people react to stress, but when it becomes chronic, it becomes a problem. Chronic teeth grinding and jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, can lead to trouble with the temporomandibular joint, as well as other muscles that affect the jaw.
If you are affected by bruxism, our team can help reduce negative symptoms and improve your sleep and quality of life.
What is Bruxism?
As stated above, bruxism is teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Some people with bruxism may grind unconsciously while awake, while others do it while sleeping. Grinding teeth during sleep is considered a sleep disorder and can affect the quality of rest.
While bruxism may be mild in many patients, for others, it can lead to dental problems, as well as headaches, muscle and jaw pain, and more. It may be hard to determine whether or not you have bruxism, but our team can provide a diagnosis.
Do I Have Bruxism?
While most people grind their teeth and clench the jaw sometimes, it may have become a problem for you if you experience some of the following symptoms:
- Loud teeth grinding and clenching
- Pain or soreness in the face, jaw, or neck
- Headaches originating in the temples
- Worn enamel
- Tired and/or tight jaw and muscles
- Pain or sensitivity in teeth
- Chipped, loose, or flattened teeth
- Disrupted sleep
How We Can Help: A Mouth Guard For Grinding Teeth
Here at Durham Dental Group, we can help provide you relief from the symptoms you experience and help thwart your teeth-grinding habit.
We offer a custom-made mouth guard for grinding teeth that can help protect your teeth from damage, prevent pain in the temporomandibular joint, and keep your teeth from grinding against each other.
Start Feeling Better
Don’t wait to find relief from the pain and discomfort you experience on a regular basis due to bruxism. Call our team today to set an appointment or to learn more about treatment options.