Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching, which usually occurs unconsciously during sleep. For most people, stress and anxiety are a contributing factor to bruxism.
Though most people experience bruxism from time to time, when teeth grinding happens on a regular basis it can permanently damage your teeth. In some people, bruxism can also cause headaches, earaches, and pain and discomfort in the jaw.
If you suffer from bruxism, our specialists may need to create a mouth guard for you, which you will use at night, to protect your teeth. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to increased dental problems, such as tooth fractures and inflammation (swelling) as well as pain around the jaw joint.
What else can I do to manage bruxism along with a mouth guard?
Simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and managing stress, can compliment the mouth guard when dealing with bruxism.