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The Nightly Grind

July 25, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Jason Keledjian
Dental Pain | Madera CA Dentist

Do you sometimes wake up feeling tired and worn out as if you didn’t even get to sleep? Does your face or jaw hurt when you wake up or do you often get headaches? You might be grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Teeth grinding, called bruxism, is a condition that many people face at some point throughout their lives. Some people have bouts of grinding due to an illness, alcohol use, or certain prescription medications, while others suffer from chronic bruxism. For those patients, we can provide a nightguard to help prevent the symptoms of bruxism.

Impacts of grinding

We don’t always know why people grind their teeth. Some dentists theorize that it is due to stress, a bad bite, or some other lifestyle problem, but one thing we can all agree on is that grinding causes serious damage to your teeth and dentistry. In fact, some patients grind their teeth so severely that their teeth wear down and end up much shorter than they should be. In many cases, patients wear right through the protective enamel and into their dentin, the softer part of your tooth, exposing it to damage and decay. Grinding can also make your teeth more sensitive to temperatures. 

Another serious side effect to bruxism is frequent facial pain and headaches. Fatigued muscles, migraines, and muscles that feel sore to the touch are all symptoms that your jaw was working overtime while you sleep. Some people even grind so hard that they experience shoulder and neck pain related to the tension in their jaws.

Treatment for Bruxism

Fortunately at Keledjian Dental, we offer nightguards to help protect your teeth and relieve symptoms from bruxism. Made from acrylic, a custom nightguard provides a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. That way, you cannot cause as much damage to your teeth and dentistry. Nightguards are comfortable, snug, and easy to get used to wearing. You many notice fewer symptoms after just a week of use. 

Contact Keledjian Dental and we can explain further what a nightguard can do for you!

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