Have you ever caught yourself clenching and grinding your teeth? If you do it while you are awake, there is a good chance you also do it in your sleep. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be damaging to your teeth and jaw, causing cracks, jaw stress and other problems. At Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates in Edmonds and Renton, WA, we offer advanced treatments for teeth grinding, including creating a customized nightguard for bruxism control.
Teeth grinding or clenching is a common issue, especially while sleeping. Some people may not be aware they have bruxism unless someone alerts them that they grind their teeth at night. The jaw muscles and teeth are a powerful force for chewing, and when that power is exerted directly on the teeth, it can cause oral health problems. Those with bruxism may wake up with a sore jaw, headaches and facial pain due to stress on their temporomandibular joint. The pressure can also crack teeth or fillings, requiring dental repairs.
Preventive Treatment for Teeth Clenching/Grinding
The best way to treat bruxism is by using preventive devices. One of the most effective and least intrusive options is a customized nightguard or dental guard. These devices are made from a flexible material that is designed to fit your upper and bottom teeth. Our dental team takes impressions of your teeth and bite to make a nightguard that fits your mouth perfectly. This device prevents teeth grinding and relieves pressure from jaw clenching, protecting your teeth and jaw.
If you have been diagnosed with bruxism or you have symptoms of this disorder, contact us at Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates in Edmonds and Renton, WA. Our staff can schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation with one of our experienced dentists to discuss treatment options, including a nightguard for bruxism.