Find treatment for teeth grinding and bruxism
The extra stress on your teeth from nighttime grinding can damage your teeth over time. You may develop cracks and chips or wear down your tooth enamel and increase your risk of cavities. You may also deal with jaw issues like TMJ. Dr.Diem Do can craft a mouthguard to protect you from teeth grinding and bruxism.
Symptoms of Bruxism
If you grind your teeth at night, it will put extra stress on your jaw and teeth. You may wake up with a headache or sore, sensitive teeth. It can also lead to tightness in your neck or shoulder pain. Often, your partner will notice when you are grinding your teeth at night before you do.
The exact cause of bruxism is unknown, but it has been linked to anxiety, stress, and excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption. It is also often present alongside sleep apnea and chronic snoring.
How to stop grinding your teeth
Curing nighttime grinding is often a process of trial and error. Some people use cognitive behavior therapy and biofeedback, and others may have luck using relaxation techniques to help them sleep better at night. Others have luck with lifestyle changes, like increasing their activity each day, cutting back on sugar and caffeine, and giving up smoking.
In the meantime, you should be fitted for a nightguard to protect your teeth from chips and cracks. Dr. Do will examine your teeth and determine whether or not you should use a soft dental guard or a firm one. The nightguard will be fitted to your teeth and help your jaw stay in an optimum alignment at night. This will provide extra protection for your teeth and reduce the amount of clenching in your jaw. You should continue to wear your night guard long as persistent bruxism is present and be sure to follow the cleaning instructions each day. Typically, they will last about 5 to 10 years before they need to be replaced. Contact us today at (504) 340-9400 for a consultation and Dr. Do will get you the help you need. We also serve nearby cities such as Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Westwego, New Orleans, Avondale, Metairie, Kenner, and Lafitte.