Many patients clench and grind only in their sleep and therefore unaware of these habits. Mouth guards can be used while sleeping to protect teeth or during the day to treat symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Clenching and grinding can lead to chipped or broken teeth, gum recession, bone loss, damage to dental restorations, and damage to the jaw joint. Protective night guards help protect against these issues and may reduce neck stiffness and morning headaches. Clenching and grinding may be caused by stress, the use of certain medications, misaligned teeth, or even sleep apnea. Short term wear of a daytime appliance can be used to treat pain and discomfort of the jaw joint. Precision Dental dentists can help you identify signs and causes of clenching and grinding in order to find the best treatment option for you!