Did you wake up with an aching jaw this morning? Perhaps your teeth often feel sore or you have developed chronic headaches? These are all possible signs of clenching and grinding, a condition called bruxism. This can often be easily treated with a custom-made bite guard.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is generally a subconscious habit and it tends to occur mainly at night during sleep. Unfortunately, this does mean that many sufferers are unaware they clench and grind their teeth. It is often termed as being a sleep disorder and can cause substantial damage. If you clench and grind your teeth it can wear them down and may eventually cause them to loosen. Bruxism also affects the gums and even your jaw joints. If it does affect your jaw joints, bruxism can cause a disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.
Signs that You Might Need a Bite Guard
Bruxism and TMD can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms that include:
• Tooth Pain
• Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold
• Cracked and chipped teeth
• Loose teeth
• Pain when you try to open your mouth
• Your jaw may feel as if it has become locked in place
• Chronic headaches
• Facial pain that can extend into the neck and shoulders
• Your jaw may make a clicking or popping sound when you open or close it
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Diagnosing Bruxism or TMD
If you think you might clench or grind your teeth, or if you recognize some of the symptoms above, please come and see us. Our dentist is extremely gentle and will carefully examine your mouth to diagnose the problem. Local dentists can soon recognize the signs of bruxism and TMD, but it’s important to get a diagnosis sooner rather than later. The sooner we can treat this problem, the less damage to your teeth and jaw joints. Without treatment, it’s possible for bruxism to lead to tooth loss. Oral surgery may be necessary in more extreme cases of TMD, to try to correct this problem. Early treatment can often be as simple as using a bite guard.
How Can a Bite Guard Treat Bruxism?
A bite guard is a very simple yet effective device for treating bruxism. It prevents your upper and lower teeth from contacting during sleep so you cannot clench and grind. Most bite guards fit over the upper teeth. They are usually made from a tough, thermoplastic material that is designed to withstand the forces created during clenching and grinding. Instead, your bite guard will allow your teeth to harmlessly bite together, protecting them from any further damage. A bite guard helps to reduce the stress on the jaw joints by helping to put them in a more relaxed position. Bruxism is a learned behavior and sometimes wearing a bite guard can be enough to break the habit. Some people may only need to wear their bite guard for a very short while. Other people will need to wear a bite guard for longer.
Custom-Made to Fit over Your Teeth
Your bite guard will be made using a detailed impression of your teeth to ensure it fits tightly over your teeth and cannot move during sleep. Every bite guard is individually designed by our local dentist here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. We take a great deal of care to make sure each bite guard is comfortable to wear so you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Your bite guard might feel a little strange at first, but please persevere as you should soon become accustomed to the sensation of wearing it.
Looking After Your Bite Guard
It is very simple to use and to look after your bite guard. It’s important to make sure you keep it thoroughly clean through gently brushing it with a little toothpaste each morning. Rinse with plenty of water and store in the container provided.
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Other Possible Reasons for Bruxism
The exact reason for bruxism isn’t really known. Often it can be linked to stress, or it may be due to a simpler reason. For example, if you have any teeth out of alignment or that are missing, this can affect your bite. It might just be enough to make you clench and grind. Another possible cause could be an old restoration that is slightly too high or even a crown or bridge that needs to be replaced. Our dentist can carefully assess your teeth during your appointment to see if you have any restorations that require adjustment or replacement.
Visit Us to Find a Solution for Your Teeth Grinding and Clenching
If you are concerned you may have bruxism then please come to see us here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. We will fully assess your teeth and jaws during your consultation to help determine the reason for bruxism. Afterward, our local dentist can discuss all possible options for treatment. Sometimes using a combination of treatments may work best. Using a bite guard will protect your teeth, but it could be helpful to take a look at your stress levels. There are lots of solutions for dealing with this problem, but the most important thing is to get a diagnosis as soon as you can.
If you think you clench and grind then don’t delay. Call Us Today on (828)-676-2144
Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry serves Avery’s Creek, Arden, Ashville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
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Personalized Custom Bite Guard
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Avery's Creek Family Dentistry,
Avery’s Creek, Arden, Asheville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
A bite guard will protect your teeth during sleep from a condition called bruxism, where people clench and grind their teeth. Untreated bruxism can cause substantial damage or even tooth loss.

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