People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. The facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Over time the pressure from clenching and grinding can damage the teeth and jaw joints. The outer layer of the tooth is worn away causing the teeth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Habitual clenching of the teeth will also cause recession and tooth mobility.
Our dentists will help you determine what factors may be involved in your clenching/grinding and help you break the pattern. Common causes are:
A common way to protect your teeth from the damage of habitual clenching/grinding is a custom night guard. Our dentists in Seattle, WA will fabricate a custom made night guard that slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents contact with the opposing teeth. The night guard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching, allowing for more relaxed jaw muscles. Visit our office in Seattle, WA or call us to learn more about our dentistry services.
Our dentists recommend athletic guards made of soft plastic to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, hockey, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.