Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired or sore in the morning?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be grinding your teeth at night or you may be clenching your teeth. People with nighttime grinding habits wear away their tooth enamel much faster than those without these habits. Eventually, your teeth may be worn down, loosened or you may develop gum disease.
In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. One way to treat this condition is with a nightguard or occlusal guard.
Ask us if a nightguard can help to provide relief from grinding or clenching.