Tension, stress, and anxiety experienced during the day can carry over into a person's sleep and cause them to grind or clench their teeth unknowingly. Whatever the cause, clenching and grinding wears down the chewing surfaces of the teeth and reduces tooth enamel. You can even crack or break teeth with enough force, necessitating crowns and other dental work, fillings, or a root canal.
The condition known as bruxism is characterized by sleep tooth grinding and/or jaw clenching. Bruxism is a sleep disorder that can cause jaw pain, tension, headaches, and facial pain in the morning.
Nighttime teeth grinding or clenching can cause considerable enamel loss or damage to restorations, but the patient may not realize they have the problem until they visit the dentist. Our dentist may suggest a dental night guard if you exhibit evidence of teeth grinding or clenching, such as chipped teeth or receding gums.
If you need a nightguard, our family dentist can make one for you by taking an impression of your mouth and sending it to the lab. If you take good care of your nightguard and keep it clean, it will last longer. Bring your nightguards to all of your dental visits; your dentist will want to see it.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep, call Lovett Dental now at 832-804-7427, or contact us online. We have numerous dental office locations to ensure that all families have access to our care.