All About Bruxism and Night-guards

By Walter M. Davies III March 8, 2017

Do you wake up with a sore jaw, a tight face, or tooth pain? Then you may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is unconscious teeth-grinding that happens while people sleep. Many individuals suffering from bruxism may not be aware of the problem until they experience serious symptoms. In some cases these individuals don’t exhibit noticeable symptoms, but if left untreated it can lead to severe pain and permanent tooth damage.  

Bruxism and Your Oral Health

Teeth-grinding is normally an unconscious activity, triggered by stress or other factors. Although it may be unnoticeable to the individual who bruxates, your spouse or partner may notice that you grind your teeth at night. Some common symptoms may be:
- Fractures or chips in the teeth
- Teeth are loose or have flattened surfaces
- Painful or tired jaw muscles
- Pain in the ears
- Headaches that center on the temples.
If you are waking up and feeling any of these symptoms, then speak to your dentist. It's important to get treated for bruxism to protect your teeth, for you may lose or damage your teeth.

Solutions for Bruxism

After you speak to your dentist, they can provide you with a dental device called an occlusal mouth guard, or night-guard. This is a device that is made from soft acrylic and is customized to fit your upper or lower teeth. The night-guard is smooth and soft and acts as a divider between your upper and lower teeth. These devices are very easy to take care of. Since they're made from smooth acrylic all they need is a daily brush with your toothbrush and some cold water.
If bruxism has already caused damage to your teeth, you may need some dental work done to restore your teeth to good health. However, when worn regularly, a night-guard will protect your teeth from further damage and eliminate any of the painful bruxism symptoms you might be experiencing. 

Contact Dr. Walter Davies in Tulsa

Dr. Davies and his staff is prepared to inform and treat your bruxism. If you know you are grinding your teeth, or believe you have the symptoms, please contact our office. We will give you a thorough inspection and provide you with solutions to improve your oral health. We look forward to hearing from you!