Nightguard for Bruxism – Teeth Grinding Treatment
Listening to a loved one grind their teeth while sleeping can be irritating and concerning. Nearly 8% of the adult population in the United States have this habit. Although they usually outgrow it, about a third of American children grind their teeth while sleeping. Bruxism in adults can be the source of many problems, including lack of sleep for a bed partner.
The first step in treating bruxism is proper diagnosis with general dentistry. Short-lived bouts of this condition are common for people during times of extreme stress. When the stressors are gone, the teeth grinding stops. It is also not usually a condition that lasts with children. It does become a problem when it is ongoing. Treatment can help reduce or eliminate the problem.
Clenching the teeth is also an issue and often occurs in times of extreme stress. It puts added pressure on teeth and can lead to breaking or cracking. Teeth clenching also puts added stress on the jaw muscles. This can lead to jaw pain, headaches and neck and shoulder pain. Learning how to manage stressful situations can help. Sometimes more direct solutions are required.
Nightguards Protect Teeth and Halt Grinding
Clenching and grinding the teeth can be treated with a nightguard. This device is custom made to fit over your teeth and prevent them from occluding, or coming together while you sleep. There are different types of nightguards. After diagnosing the severity of your bruxism or clenching, your dentist will consult with you regarding the best treatment and/or type of nightguard for your situation.
Our prosthodontist at Village Dental NYC has special training, which qualifies her to make well-informed decisions regarding the best method for treating your bruxism. This extra insight into the articulation of your teeth, and the effect grinding is having on your teeth and jaw muscles, will help determine the most efficient way to eliminate the problem.
Schedule an appointment with Village Dental NYC today so you can prevent bruxism and clenching from harming your teeth. You and your partner will both finally sleep better.