What Is Teeth Grinding And How Can I Help It?

Sleep bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth during sleep. Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
  • Tooth enamel that looks worn
  • Sensitive teeth or toothache
  • Soreness, achy or tight feeling of your jaw and facial muscles
  • Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s not a problem with your ear
  • Headache

How can I help protect my teeth and jaw?

One of the most common ways to protect you help relieve damage caused by teeth grinding is by having a dental nightguard made. A dental nightguard is very similar to that of a mouthguard. They are designed to keep your upper and lower teeth separated to avoid the damage caused by clenching and grinding. They can be constructed of hard acrylic or soft materials and fit over your upper or lower teeth.

When you come in for a consultation, you can expect the following to occur:

  • Your dentist will observe the damage that bruxism has already done to your teeth and take moulds for a nightguard.
  • The nightguard will then be made to custom fit your teeth ensuring they are comfortable, and you can still sleep when wearing the appliance.

Book A Dental Appointment

If you are concerned you may be grinding your teeth at night – talk to one of our dentists. If we think you may need a nightguard – we will get the ball rolling to protect your teeth as soon as possible. Get in touch early to prevent any further damage from occurring!