If you wake up with headaches, you may be suffering from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. There are many ways that your dentist can treat bruxism. A few ways include night guards and 24-hour orthotics. Night guards, also called nocturnal orthotics, help to prevent damage. 24-hour orthotics will help realign your bite to reduce symptoms of TMJ.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can cause many symptoms. Symptoms that show you need a night guard or nocturnal orthotic may include a sore jaw, headache and migraines. Another reason your dentist is concerned about teeth grinding is the impact on your teeth. Grinding your teeth together can break down the top part of your tooth. Not only does this flatten the tooth, it can also wear away the protective layer of the tooth, the enamel. This can make it easier for bacteria to enter the center layers of the tooth. Additionally, it can make your teeth more sensitive to cold and heat. Below are a few solutions to prevent and stop teeth grinding before it damages your teeth and jaw.
The first and more conservative treatment option is a night guard. Worn at night, these help prevent damage from teeth grinding and clenching. While sleeping, many patients experience grinding. This is rubbing your top and bottom set of teeth back and forth. Night guards prevent your tooth from breaking due to wear and tear. Night guards come in both soft, hard, and soft hard forms. Work with your dentist to determine the best style of night guard for you.