Do you grind your teeth at night while you sleep? Do you wake up with migraines, or pain in your shoulders or your neck? If so, you are not alone. Known as bruxism, teeth grinding is quite common, and has a variety of causes. According to The Bruxism Association, nearly 70% of bruxism stems from stress or anxiety. Sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety, can also play a factor.
There is no cure for bruxism, and if bruxism is allowed to go unchecked, over time it can cause your teeth to flatten, cause tooth sensitivity, pain from grinding to the 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. The mouth guards you buy in the store are typically big, fit poorly and don’t look attractive. If you get a custom-fitted night guard made by your dentist, it will be 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 make it according to your needs.
While a custom-fitted night guard costs more than store-bought varieties, it is cheaper than tooth problems down the road, and dental insurance often covers this treatment. Our dentists, Dr. Doman, Dr. Stark, and Dr. Jardine are pleased to provide night guards to treat teeth grinding. If you would like relief for your bruxism, you can reach our Smiles Dental team in Longview, Washington at 360.200.6995 today!