May 24, 2015
Like nails on a chalkboard, the sound of grinding teeth can send chills down your spine. And if that sound should happen to be coming from the person sleeping next to you—or from a child in the bedroom across the hall—then teeth grinding can interrupt your peaceful night of sleep. And that’s saying nothing about what’s happening to the person doing the teeth grinding or clenching! If you know someone who grinds their teeth, or if you suspect that you suffer from this habit, then call the office of Ryan Dental Group in Allen, TX. We can prescribe a custom-fitted nightguard that will help everyone get back to sleep.
Other than your bed partner telling you that you grind your teeth, other signs include waking up in the morning with a headache, neck pain or sore face muscles. In addition, if you’ve been grinding and clenching you teeth for some time, you may even notice that some of your teeth are unusually worn or even chipped.
Teeth grinding and clenching may be caused by stress and anxiety, but another common cause is an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. At Ryan Dental Group, where you’ll find the dentist Allen residents turn to for all of their dental needs, we will examine your mouth and jaw for these signs of bruxism—the dental term for teeth grinding and clenching—and recommend a course of treatment.
A Nightguard for a Peaceful Night of Sleep
The most likely and most convenient treatment is a custom-fitted nightguard. This plastic oral appliance is worn at night and literally creates a barrier between the teeth of your upper and lower arches, so you cannot grind and clench. The aches and pains in your head, neck and face will melt away. A nightguard can also be used to relieve the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. We also recommend wearing a nightguard if you have crowns or veneers on any of the teeth in the anterior portion of your mouth. The nightguard will protect these tooth restorations from cracking or chipping, too.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to learn more about how a nightguard can stop the teeth grinding and clenching that may keeping others awake and causing you to have headaches, then schedule an appointment at Ryan Dental Group. We are the general, restorative and cosmetic dentist for everyone in Allen, TX, Lucas, Parker, Plano, McKinney, Fairview, and the surrounding north Texas communities.