Tooth Grinding and Your Dental Health
Millions of Americans grind their teeth. Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a problematic habit because it can cause muscle and jaw pain as well as damage to the teeth. Most individuals need help to stop their tooth grinding because they do it at night while they are sleeping, or they grind their teeth unconsciously during the day when they are not even aware of it.
If you are suffering from bruxism, our Northridge dentist can help by fitting you with a custom mouth guard. First, your dentist will perform a dental exam to determine the extent of the damage to your teeth or jaw. You may need additional treatments to restore the strength of your teeth if they are badly worn or damaged, such as having by dental crowns placed over damaged teeth. Our dentist will then fit you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth and jaw from the damage caused by bruxism.
You may also need pain relief for your teeth and jaw muscles. These pain relief methods can include applying hot or cold packs to the jaw, over the counter pain relievers, facial massages, and drinking plenty of water. Your dentist can recommend a pain relief technique that is best for your needs.
Tooth grinding is a destructive habit that must be stopped to protect your dental health as well as to prevent long term problems with your muscles or jaw. Schedule an appointment at the Northridge Dental Group today to schedule an evaluation.
Back to Blog and Media