Night Guard Therapy
Teeth grinding is not uncommon – most of us find ourselves clenching and grinding our teeth from time to time. This type of occasional teeth grinding is often the result of stress and tension.
For some people, however, clenching and grinding is a very serious problem that can lead to chronic head, neck, and shoulder pain. Even worse, the result of constant grinding is abnormal wear and tear on your teeth. Many people who grind their teeth tend to do so during sleep and aren’t even aware that it’s happening.
Comfortable Solutions for Teeth Grinding
Over the years, Dr. Breaux has helped minimize and eliminate the painful symptoms of bruxism for many of our patients. A custom-made night guard or a simple device called an occlusal splint can often provide quick relief.
The purpose of both appliances is to prevent the upper and lower jaw from coming into contact with each other while you sleep. This minimizes the risk of grinding and eliminates chronic discomfort, allowing your jaw to rest and eventually return to its normal movement.
Reasons for Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can be the result of muscle tension or a problem with the way your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) functions. The TMJ is the joint that allows your upper and lower jaw to come together.
In some cases, dental misalignment can lead to teeth grinding. If your bite isn't in proper alignment, one side of your mouth absorbs more stress than the other. Your body will naturally try to relieve the discomfort by evening out the pressure, and the result is teeth grinding that creates constant, unnatural force on the jaw joint, which then results in head and neck pain.
Why Teeth Grinding Is a Problem
As if the painful symptoms you experience aren’t bad enough, the excess stress placed on your teeth can also create other dental problems, including:
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Excessive, uneven wear on teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ)
- Loose teeth
Personalized Patient Care
Before we decide if a night guard or occlusal splint is right for you, Dr. Breaux will take time to talk to you about the type of symptoms you’re experiencing. Then he’ll examine your teeth to try to pinpoint the reason for your teeth grinding.
We provide personalized care and work with you to find the solution that protects your oral health and relieves the painful symptoms of teeth grinding. If we determine that your problem cannot be corrected with a night guard, we will be happy to refer you to a specialist for further evaluation.
There really is no reason for you to spend another day living with the symptoms of teeth grinding. If you suspect that your headaches or neck pain are related to teeth grinding, please give us a call so we can arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Breaux.