TMJ

Discomfort in your jaw or ear, are some of the symptoms that can be treated with a Night Guard.

If you clench your teeth throughout the day or grind them unknowingly a night the chewing muscles in your jaw get tired. When the muscles get tired they go into spasm and spasms cause pain.

What Causes Grinding?

The Medical term for teeth grinding is called Bruxism and may be caused by a variety of factors such as sleep disorders, stress or a response to pain. Caffeine and alcohol is also known to aggravate the condition. If left unchecked severe teeth grinding can lead to damaged teeth, gum erosion and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

Symptoms of Bruxism include:

  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Pain in your Jaw, earache or headache
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Teeth that become loose
  • Teeth that appear flat at the tips

Night Guards – A Viable Solution

If it is determined that you are in fact clenching and grinding your teeth, than a Night Guard may be a viable solution to alleviate your discomfort. A Night Guard is a plastic mouthpiece that is placed over the upper teeth. Acting as a guard between the teeth, this covering reduces the patients ability to clench and grind at night.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above make an appointment now at City Square Dental Center. Your dentist can help determine the cause of the problem and offer treatment such as Night Guard to ease your discomfort.

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