Bruxism can create a number of dental problems. This condition causes people to clench or grind their teeth at night. If you wake up with sore teeth and an aching jaw each morning, and find that your teeth are becoming more sensitive, you may be experiencing bruxism at night. It is quite common for children to go through periods of teeth grinding as they grow, but this should subside as they enter their teenage years. Wearing a night guard can be an effective solution for protecting the teeth from the detrimental effects of bruxism.
Those with TMJ Disorders
Many people suffer from TMJ disorders, which cause pain in the temporomandibular joint within the jaw. If you notice pain that radiates from your jaw bone or a cracking and popping sound accompanied by pain when you open your mouth or chew, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. Bruxism can contribute to the development and progression of TMJ problems, as it places stress on the joint and the muscles that surround it. You can wear a night guard to help prevent pain in your temporomandibular joint caused by grinding, as well as to prevent damage to your jaw and teeth.
Those Who Have Undergone Restorative Work
Dental carries, or decay, may require the use of restorative procedures that alter your bite. Some types of cosmetic dentistry procedures can also change your bite slightly. These changes can cause you to begin grinding your teeth until you have time to adjust. If you have recently undergone any dental restorations, such as crowns or veneers, wearing a night guard for a period of time can help protect these restorations from damage caused by bruxism.
At Kahn, Ferrari & Aldieri, DDS, we provide family dentistry using the latest technology to maximize comfort and efficiency. We offer a wide range of dentistry services, including Invisalign, dental implants, and custom night guard fittings, in our Long Island office. Call (888) 829-9575 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.