Grinding Teeth Treatment
What is the treatment for Grinding Teeth?
Millions of people grind their teeth, especially during the night while they are sleeping. Treatment for grinding often involves an oral appliance that is worn while you sleep. The appliance provides cushioning between the upper and lower jaw so that the effects of grinding are minimal or nonexistent. The device is custom made for each patient, providing a comfortable and durable fit.
Why might you need Grinding Teeth Treatment?
Stress and habit both contribute to tooth grinding. Some patients grind their teeth throughout the day without even being aware of it and most will grind at night while sleeping. Some of the signs to look for if you suspect you’re grinding your teeth include:
- Jaw pain
- Worn teeth
- Broken, cracked or fractured teeth
- Frequent headaches
- Broken restorations such as crowns, bridge work and fillings
What makes you a good candidate for Grinding Teeth Treatment?
If you suspect that you grind your teeth, you may be a good candidate for treatment. Treatment involves wearing an appliance during the night that provides cushioning between the top and bottom teeth. This cushioning prevents the teeth from coming into contact with one another, thus preventing teeth from being affected by grinding. Each treatment appliance is created for each patient’s specific mouth shape and needs.
What happens during the procedure for Treatment of Grinding Teeth?
First, Dr. Lori Logan will perform an examination of the mouth to determine if grinding is the problem. If it is determined that you grind your teeth, impressions will be made to have a custom appliance made for you. The impressions are sent off to a lab where the appliance is designed to fit your mouth’s unique shape. You will come back into the office and be fitted for the appliance to ensure it’s comfortable and provides optimal cushioning. You will receive instructions on how to properly wear the appliance while at home. Your mouth guard appliance can last for years with proper storage and care.
If you grind your teeth and want a treatment option that works for you, call our office and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.