When you wake up in the morning, do you experience pain in your jaw joint? Do you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth? Do you have sensitivity in your teeth or do they look shorter? Do you get routine headaches? These could be clear signs of grinding or bruxing. If un-controlled, you can damage your jaw joint, your teeth or any dental work you have received from Dr. Breen.
Reasons For Grinding
The exact reason for grinding is still unknown but there are some factors that are associated with this problem such as:
- Stress and anxiety
- Drug abuse
- Excess use of Caffeine
- Excess use of alcohol
- Some prescription medication
- Mal-Occlusion or miss-bite
- And finally some disorders such as:
- Parkinsons disease
There is currently no cure for bruxing but it can be controlled. If you grind your teeth during the day or at night, Dr. Breen will recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from these grinding forces. A night guard is a plastic cover that fits over your teeth to deflect the hard forces of chewing. Night guards will also increase the longevity of your dental work.
Night Guard Treatment
During the first visit Dr. Breen will take an impression of your teeth. We will utilize this impression to make a custom night guard that exactly fits your mouth.
On your second visit Dr. Breen will show you how to place it into your mouth and will adjust it to your bite. There are different kinds of night guards from soft materials to harder plastic materials. Dr. Breen will recommend the material best suited for you.