Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because they do it while they sleep. Bruxism (grinding) often occurs in the early part of the night and can disturb sleep partners. The clenching and grinding may be quite audible. Others make no sound while bruxing their teeth and do not realize they are doing it until the dentist discovers unusal wear spots on their teeth. Bruxism may be mild and occasional or aggressive and frequent.
Symptoms and consequences of bruxism:
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Grinding can eventually damage dental restoration, temporomandibular joints, cause cold sensitivity and fracture teeth.
Dr. Shayestehfar recommends night guard as one of treatments for bruxism. Custom made night guard will fit perfectly over your teeth in one jaw and prevents contact with the opposing teeth. The nightguard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching.