October 29, 2015
Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, but you don’t really know why? Does a faint headache haunt you throughout your day? If so, you should know these are two of the most common symptoms of bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding. It’s a serious condition that can have real effects on your teeth — learn more about bruxism, its causes and its treatment from your doctors at Resnick & Rosenfeld DDS today.
Nighttime Teeth Grinding 101: Causes and Treatment
Most people grind their teeth from time to time — especially during times of stress or anxiety. Occasional bruxism is different from chronic nighttime teeth grinding, which can harm teeth and cause other oral health complications over time.
Causes of Bruxism
While daytime bruxism can be caused by certain situations, most people grind their teeth at night due to a misaligned bite or missing or crooked teeth. Sleep apnea, a disorder that occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, can also cause nighttime bruxism. If you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist at Resnick & Rosenfeld DDS. We’ll examine your mouth and jaw for signs of the condition — and if it is bruxism you’re suffering from, we can quickly put you on the road to finding a solution.
Once your condition has been identified, we’re able to begin developing a unique treatment plan to help you get back a full, restful night’s sleep — free from teeth grinding.
Bruxism is usually successfully treated with a removable oral mouthguard you wear only during sleep. Think of it as the type of mouthguard athletes wear during sports — it works the same way, protecting the surfaces of your teeth from the damaging grinding.
If your bruxism is caused by the sleep disorder sleep apnea, however, you may need a different sort of oral appliance — one that holds the lower jaw and tongue in place. Whatever it is that you need, you can trust your dentist at Resnick & Rosenfeld to fully evaluate your unique case and put together a treatment plan that works for you.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you suspect nighttime teeth grinding is causing your jaw problems or daytime headaches, or if you know it’s already damaged your teeth, don’t hesitate to request your appointment for bruxism treatment with the professionals at Resnick & Rosenfeld today. Our office in Edison, NJ welcomes patients from all over the area, including South Plainfield, Westfield, Garwood, Rahway and beyond.
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