Bite Guards in Highlands Denver
Do you suspect you might grind your teeth because you wake up in the morning with jaw pain or headaches? Both of these can be a sign of teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism.
People with bruxism often wake up in pain because of repeated gnashing, grinding, or clenching of their teeth while they are sleeping. Not only is this disruptive to a good night’s sleep, but it can actually cause lasting damage to their teeth. If you are subjecting your teeth to the stresses of grinding, this can produce up to 250 pounds of force per square inch—and that is a lot of pressure to be placed on your teeth!
If you know or suspect you are grinding your teeth at night, come and see Dr. Kara Arnold or Dr. Jennifer Rohleder of Highland Smiles. Find out if a bite guard might be the solution for your bruxism. You will sleep better—and you will wake up without headaches or jaw pain.
Causes of Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching
Although certain personality types might be more prone to teeth grinding and jaw clenching, one of the major causes of teeth grinding is something quite common: stress. Other causes of teeth grinding can include smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and some drugs. Young children often grind their teeth, although many will outgrow this when they are teenagers. Sometimes teeth grinding is simply a coping strategy.
Jaw Problems from Grinding Your Teeth and Clenching Your Jaw
Teeth grinding can cause pain, but it can also cause damage to teeth and dentures, as well as crowns and any other restorations you might have. Teeth grinding can even cause tiny cracks in the teeth and broken fillings, with the end result being nerve damage. Oftentimes, people who grind their teeth will end up needing a root canal. The back-and-forth impact of teeth grinding can also cause gum pockets to form and teeth to loosen.
Teeth grinders may also hear a clicking sound when they open and close their jaw; this can indicate there is a disorder in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). When teeth are ground down to the dentin, people can experience sensitivity to heat and cold. If it isn’t addressed, bruxism can cause a lot of problems!
How a Bite Guard Can Help with Bruxism
A bite guard is a simple device that protects the teeth from grinding against each other. It fits between the upper and lower teeth. Night guards are available at the corner drugstore, but they are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable. At Highland Smiles, we will custom make a bite guard that will fit you securely and comfortably. We will ensure that your jaw is properly aligned with the bite guard and that it won’t push onto your gums.
There is no reason to put up with jaw pain, headaches, or lasting damage to your teeth. Contact Dr. Arnold or Dr. Rohleder at Highland Smiles to find out how a bite guard can help you! Give us a call and make an appointment today!