Do you get frequent headaches?
Do you have joint pain near your jaw/ear area?
Do you wake up with a fatigued jaw or jaw muscles?
Do you have generalized tooth aches in the morning or sensitivity?
These are just a few signs that you could be suffering from a condition called Bruxism (teeth grinding) while you sleep. Without seeking treatment right away, you could encounter significant dental problems, as well as concerns to your overall health, especially if this happens night after night.
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Muscle soreness (especially jaw and facial muscles)
- Jaw joint pain
- Frequent headaches
- Damaged and chipped teeth
- Broken crowns
- Teeth worn down flat
- Ringing in your ears
Treatment options for bruxism
NTI night guard
While sleeping, you have no control over grinding or clenching. The NTI nightguard is a small, easy to wear customized appliance that keeps you back teeth from touching while you sleep. By not allowing your back teeth to touch, you are unable to grind or clench. If you are unable to grind or clench, then the muscles can relax decreasing headaches and muscle fatigue.
*This appliance is about 1 inch wide and snaps on to your lower front teeth (in some cases the upper teeth can be used)
Full Coverage night guard
A full coverage night guard reduces the intensity of involuntary contractions caused by bruxism and acts as a cushioned barrier between your teeth while you sleep. This type of night guard is used for heavy grinders that have ground down the teeth or have a history of breaking or cracking crowns or enamel. It is meant to protect your teeth and jaw joint from damage.
Dr. Burchell will evaluate your case and symptoms to see if you can benefit from the NTI or Full Coverage night guard. If you notice these symptoms feel free to contact us at 813-855-4269. Oldsmar Dentistry is committed to providing the best care for you and your family’s smiles.