Do you find that you clench your jaw or grind your teeth during times of stress? If you do, it typically happens as you sleep. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects many people and can be a contributing factor in teeth grinding or be caused by grinding and clenching. Dr. Chee can help you identify what is happening with your jaw and create a treatment plan that addresses your situation.
Teeth grinding can be caused not just by stress and anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding or clenching include:
- dull headaches
- jaw soreness
- teeth that are painful or loose
- fractured teeth
If you’re suffering from these symptoms, contact Dr. Chee right away. She can fit you with a special nightguard to protect your teeth during sleep, reduce muscle fatigue, possibly decrease headaches in the morning, and may help to prevent or reduce future restorative procedures.
Teeth grinding is also common in children. However, because their teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment and most outgrow it by adolescence.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth or your child is, please contact us for an evaluation to help protect your health and the health of your teeth.
Athlethic mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may be hit. Mouthguards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Unlike the over-the-counter guards that are made at home, these mouthguards fit your (or your child’s teeth) a lot better and are more slimline.
If you have decided a mouthguard is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to make a custom fit guard. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles.
Custom designed nightguards and mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. On average, guards last between three and 10 years.