Individuals who have a condition called sleep bruxism unconsciously clench their jaws and/or grind their teeth together while they sleep. The exact cause of sleep bruxism is not known. However, it does seem to be related to stress. It also has a genetic component, as the condition tends to run in families.
Regardless of its cause, the real trouble with sleep bruxism is that the grinding and clenching happens while you’re sleeping. As a result, many people do not even realize that they’re damaging their teeth during the night. There are some telltale signs of sleep bruxism, however, that can indicate the need for wearing a mouth guard (also called a night guard) while you sleep.
5 Signs You Need a Night Guard
Sleep Bruxism and TMJ Disorder Treatment in Orange, CA
At Dr. Christopher J. Fotinos Dr. Randy A. Rosales Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we use advanced imaging technology in our office to scan our patients’ mouths and produce 100% customized night guards designed to achieve a comfortable fit and prevent you from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you sleep. Our dentists can recommend the specific type of night guard that’s best for you based on your individual symptoms and the type of sleep bruxism wear patterns visible on your teeth.
To learn more about night guards and sleep bruxism, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at our dentists’ office in Orange, CA today.