Do you often wake up with migraines, or pain in your shoulders or your neck? Are your teeth sore in the morning from grinding your teeth while you are sleeping? Night-time teeth grinding (or bruxism) is unfortunately common for many people, and arises from a variety of cause. According to the U.K. based Bruxism Association, nearly 70% of sleep teeth grinding arises from stress or anxiety. Other factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for bruxism, but there is treatment to help provide relief and to protect your pearly whites. If bruxism is allowed to go unchecked, over time it can cause your teeth to flatten, cause tooth sensitivity, pain from grinding to the tooth nerve, gum recession, and at some point, even tooth loss. Wearing a night guard can help save your teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism.
Over-the-counter mouth guards you buy in the store are typically big, fit poorly and are unattractive. A custom-fitted night guard made by your dentist, however, will be designed and fitted exactly for your needs. If you need a mouth guard that fully protects your teeth, or whether you only need a guard to cover your front teeth, your dentist can create it specifically for your situation.
While custom-made night guards cost more than store-bought varieties, they are still more economical than tooth issues down the road if not treated correctly, and dental insurance often covers this treatment. Our dentists, Dr. Landon King and Dr. Burke Jardine, are pleased to provide night guards for our patients in Vancouver, Washington. So if you would like relief for your teeth grinding, call our Smiles Dental team in Camas, Washington at 360.335.3998 today!