Bruxism is the term used to describe the habitual clenching and grinding of one’s teeth, particularly during sleep. This condition can lead to various symptoms upon waking up, including jaw pain, headaches, and loose-feeling teeth. Although stress and anxiety are the primary culprits behind bruxism, other contributing factors may exist, such as sleep disorders, abnormal bite, or the presence of missing or misaligned teeth.
To alleviate the discomfort associated with bruxism, it is often recommended to wear a night guard while sleeping. This specialized appliance is designed to fit over the teeth and maintain a slight separation between the jaws. By wearing a night guard, several detrimental effects can be avoided. These include muscle strain, excessive pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and dental damage like chipped or cracked teeth resulting from the grinding motion.
In addition to safeguarding the soft and hard tissues surrounding the mouth and face, a custom-made night guard crafted at a dental office can assist in breaking the habit of bruxism and promoting a more restful sleep for the wearer.