Your dentist may recommend a night guard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
Do you often wake up with a headache or tooth pain? Do you suffer from persistent jaw pain? If so, these could be signs that you grind your teeth at night while you sleep. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a fairly common condition and can cause some serious damage to the teeth, as well as a range of uncomfortable symptoms.
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night, but if you suspect that you do, or if your dentist identifies wear and tear that could be caused by the habit, you might consider wearing a night guard. Night guards are special dental appliances that are designed to be worn while you sleep — read on learn about the possible signs that you could benefit from wearing this type of appliance at night…
1. You suffer with headaches every morning
Individuals who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines will know how debilitating it can be to live with this kind of pain. If you wake up with a headache every morning, it could be an indication that you grind your teeth while you are sleeping at night. Although wearing a night guard won’t prevent you from grinding your teeth completely, it can help to reduce the impact of the habit on your teeth and jaw and reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.
2. You have a temporomandibular joint disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are a group of disorders that occur when there is inflammation in the muscles around the jaw. TMD can be caused by a number of factors, including clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth, as well as tightening of the facial and/or jaw muscles as a result of stress. Symptoms of the disorders vary from person to person but may include neck and shoulder pain; chronic headaches; jaw pain; toothache; and earache. If you suffer from any of these symptoms and your dentist suspects that you grind your teeth, they may recommend that you have a mouth guard made. Wearing a custom-made mouth guard at night can go a long way in alleviating some of the discomfort caused by TMD.
3. Your teeth are damaged
If you are constantly clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, it is possible to cause some serious damage to your enamel. Clenching and grinding tend to place excessive pressure on the teeth, which can wear at away at your enamel over time. Eventually, you may notice that your teeth are chipped or fractured as a result.
If you have damaged teeth because of your grinding habit, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. They will let you know how the damage can be repaired most effectively and may recommend that you have a mouth guard fitted in order to prevent further damage.
How can we help?
If you are concerned about the condition of your teeth because you grind your teeth at night or are suffering from uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and jaw pain, we encourage you to come in and see us. The team at Honeysuckle Dental offers a range of solutions for individuals who are struggling with temporomandibular joint disorders and the pain that is so often associated with this issue.
When you come in and see us, we will examine your jaw alignment and function, and if necessary, we will perform an x-ray to confirm your diagnosis. In most cases, we are able to treat temporomandibular joint disorders without surgery — our team will try to find an appropriate non-invasive technique to manage your pain.
If you would like to find out more about the TMJ dental treatment that we offer at Honeysuckle Dental, please have a look here.
To arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on (02) 4915 9230.