I grind my teeth when I sleep. Is there anything you can do to help?
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is very common and, in most cases, it’s related to stress and is only temporary. However, chronic teeth grinding should be addressed promptly to prevent long-term damage to your teeth and general oral health.
People grind their teeth for many reasons. One of the most common non-stress-related reasons is problems with your dental bite. If your teeth don’t line up properly, you bite down with more force on one side of your mouth than the other.
For most people, this occurs during sleep when they’re not aware that it’s happening. If you wake up with headaches or neck and shoulder pain, there’s a good chance that it’s related to grinding your teeth.
If this is true for you, Dr. Huang can provide you with a custom night guard (also referred to as an occlusal splint) that gently repositions your jaw to prevent you from grinding your teeth.
It’s important to seek prompt treatment for teeth grinding because this constant force can create dental problems like unnatural wear on your teeth. A custom night guard made at our Covina dental office may be all you need to get relief from teeth grinding and protect your oral health.
If you grind and clench your teeth, the first step is to arrange a consultation with Dr. Huang. He will evaluate your situation and make appropriate recommendations for treatment.