Teeth Grinding(Bruxism)

For mouth splints and teeth grinding problem, turn to the professional and customer friendly team of Lygon Family Dental. Teeth grinding or bruxism is a neuromuscular disorder that can damage and loosen the teeth.

The severity of teeth grinding varies with the individual. Children usually outgrow the condition. Stress and abnormally aligned teeth are common causes of teeth grinding and treatment should focus on these factors. Occlusal splints are effective devices to treat teeth grinding. Occlusal splints are made of high-grade plastic. They are worn at night and they prevent the upper teeth from grinding against the lower teeth.

When you wake up in the morning, do you experience pain in your jaw joint? Do you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth? Do you have sensitivity in your teeth or do they look shorter? Do you get routine headaches? These could be clear signs of grinding or bruxing. If un-controlled, you can damage your jaw joint, your teeth or any dental work you have received from your dentist. Lygon Family Dental will help you with bruxism treatment and splint for teeth grinding. You can rely on us.

Reasons for Grinding

The exact reason for grinding is still unknown but there are some factors that are associated with this problem such as:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Drug abuse
  • Excess use of Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Excess use of alcohol
  • Some prescription medication
  • Mal-Occlusion or miss-bite
  • And finally some disorders such as:
  • Parkinson’s disease

There is currently no cure for bruxing but it can be controlled. If you grind your teeth during the day or at night, your dentist will recommend a night guard to protect your teeth from these grinding forces. An occlusal splint is a plastic cover that fits over your teeth to deflect the hard forces of chewing. Night guards will also increase the longevity of your dental work.

Occlusal Splints

During the first visit, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where a custom-fit occlusal splint is made. On your second visit, your dentist will show you how to place it into your mouth and will adjust it to your bite. There are different kinds of occlusal splints from soft materials to harder plastic materials. Your dentist will recommend you the material best suited for you.

Looking for a Brunswick dental clinic? Look no further – Lygon Family Dental is here to assist you. Our team is experienced and well-equipped to also help you with veneers and crowns in Brunswick area.

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