Do you clench or grind your teeth?
You may have a condition known as “bruxism,” which is the grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep. And because you are asleep when you may be completely unaware you have this condition.
The best way to diagnose bruxism is with regular visits with your dentist. He/she will be able to identify abnormal wear spots on your teeth, the first signs of bruxism. Other warning signs of bruxism include waking up with…
• Sore Facial Muscles
• Sore Jaw
• Tender Joints
Besides causing pain, bruxism can eventually damage dental restorations, tooth enamel, and temporomandibular joints – the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Bruxism can also loosen teeth, cause the cracking and fracturing of teeth, and make the tooth extremely sensitive to changes in temperature or pressure.
Common Causes of Bruxism
• Problems Sleeping
• Abnormal Bite
• Crooked or Missing Teeth
Treatment of Bruxism
One of the most popular treatments for bruxism is the use of a custom-made night guard. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth. This relieves the pressures of grinding and clenching.
Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, mouth guards and tension-headache relieving appliances.
If you have any questions about Custom Night Guards or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
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