Many people have trouble with teeth grinding. At Pulaski Dental, our dentist in Blue Bell PA, Dr. Lisbeth M. Pulaski, can provide you with a night guard which will protect your teeth from the harmful effects of teeth grinding.
Patients may grind their teeth for different reasons. Sometimes the patient will grind their teeth due to stress or pain. When a patient chronically clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth, it is called bruxism. This can happen during the day, or during nighttime, as well. When a patient grinds their teeth at night, they often are not aware of it. However, the patient can wake up with certain symptoms which indicate they may be experiencing bruxism. A patient who grinds his or her teeth at night can wake up with jaw pain and headaches. Sometimes teeth may even feel loose from teeth grinding. Teeth grinding will eventually cause teeth to become damaged. Teeth grinding can cause broken or chipped teeth, and cause teeth to be pushed out of their proper alignment. If you have a sleep disorder, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are missing or poorly aligned, this can contribute to teeth grinding, as well. When a patient has bruxism, our dentist in Blue Bell PA will notice certain markings or damage on the teeth. When this occurs, our dentist can prescribe a night guard for the patient which will help to alleviate the symptoms. The appliance will fit over the teeth and keep the jaws slightly apart. Wearing this night guard will keep muscle strain from TMJ from causing problems, as well. When a patient wears a night guard for a period of time, it often helps them to get rid of their teeth grinding habit.
To meet with our dentist in Blue Bell PA regarding getting a mouth guard for nighttime wear, contact us today.