Night guards: a great solution for stress leading to worn out teeth
If you suffer from bruxism you either clench or grind (or combine both) your teeth. You may unconsciously (or consciously) clench your teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which is called Sleep Bruxism.
Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
Clenching the teeth puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. The symptoms can cause temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ). Grinding can wear down your teeth and it is an irreversible process once they get worn down. Many times it requires extensive restorative treatment in order to gain tooth structure lost. Grinding can be noisy enough at night to bother sleeping partners.
Symptoms include: Anxiety, stress, and tension, depression, eating disorders, headache, insomnia, sore or painful jaw especially when you wake up and irradiated pain on temporal area.
Treatment would include: Avoid actions that cause your symptoms, such as yawning, singing, chewing gum and consciously clenching your teeth while driving, working on a computer, and exercising. Try moist heat or cold packs on your face. Learn stress-reducing technique.
A mouth guard (night guard) is an acrylic custom made appliance that can help to relax your mastication muscles providing more comfort. They are specially designed to relieve pain caused by bruxing or clenching. It is a customized appliance that should be fabricated by a registered laboratory and adjusted by your dentist.