Teeth grinding and clenching is often caused by stress and anxiety. When this only happens occasionally, teeth grinding, also called bruxism, does not cause harm. However, if bruxism occurs on a regular basis, Drs. Karey may treat teeth grinding in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Teeth grinding most often occurs during sleep, so you may not be aware that you are doing it. If you have a constant dull headache or a sore jaw, you likely grind your teeth at night. If left untreated, bruxism can cause the fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Grinding can also wear your teeth down significantly and cause TMJ disorders.
Our dentists may recommend bite splints (also called night guards) to protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding. Your bite splints will be custom-made for ideal fit and comfort. Our dentists will make an impression of your teeth and mold the bite splint material over the impression. The bite splint slips over the teeth and is worn during sleep. Besides protecting your teeth, bite splints can help relax the muscles in your jaw. This will relieve pain in the jaw. Treatment will last for three months or more.
We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.