Relief from teeth grinding available in Calgary
Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws and teeth? You could have a condition called bruxism, characterized by excessive clenching and grinding, especially during sleep. Grinding adversely affects your oral health, and can have an impact on your overall physical and emotional state, as well. Teeth grinding
receives individualized treatment at Calgary
Dangers of grinding
Unconscious clenching and grinding can develop at any age. These harsh contractions of jaw muscles result in:
- Abnormal wear, leading to fracture and loss of teeth.
- Receding gums.
- Muscle aches in the jaw, neck, and shoulders.
- TMJ disorders.
- Ear pain.
- Sleep disorders.
- Enlargement of facial muscles, distorting features and giving women a masculine appearance.
Customized treatment for grinding
An occlusal appliance (also known as a splint, bite guard, or night guard) is a clear plastic device that fits over your top or bottom arch. The appliance cushions teeth
and reduces stress on the jaw joint.
Your dentist begins with an examination, and evaluation of factors that may contribute to grinding – stress, smoking, consumption of alcohol or caffeine, depression, or sleep disorders. Impressions are made of your mouth, and an appliance is created to fit snugly and comfortably.
The dental team provides thorough instructions on wearing and caring for your custom-fit appliance.
Grinding can also be a warning sign of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. In this situation, it is important to address the root cause of grinding with a different type of oral appliance. This mandibular advancement device holds the mouth slightly open and the lower jaw just a bit forward, as it depresses the tongue, to keep the airway open during sleep. Grinding generally resolves as sleep quality improves.
Please don’t wait until your teeth are damaged or the discomfort becomes unbearable. Our dentists can improve your quality of life now,
with personalized teeth grinding diagnosis and treatment at Calgary Dental Centers. Call (403) 768-1339.