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Bruxism Treatment

People who grind their teeth at night are often unaware of their habit. However, the consequence of the force exerted on both the teeth and the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) soon become evident and can be very destructive. A custom‐made night guard can protect the teeth and relieve pressure on the TMJ.

What is Bruxism?

While you’re reading about dental health here, bruxism is by all means a type of sleep disorder. Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity which commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives. The condition is characterized by the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions typically occur during sleeping hours, but can occasionally happen throughout the day, especially when an individual is sitting idle (at work, etc.) for long periods of time.

Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, the subconscious process can become active while the higher control is inactive (asleep), resulting in bruxism.

What Are Symptoms of Bruxism / Teeth Grinding?

The most common symptoms include (but are not exclusive to) the following:

  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Tooth wear poor overall dental health

Custom Night Guard:

A custom-made night guard is crafted from acrylic based on impressions of your teeth. It serves to protect your teeth and alleviate pressure on your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). This personalized mouth guard minimizes the abrasive effects of grinding during sleep and is intended for long-term use to prevent tooth damage.

Stock Night Guard:

An over-the-counter mouth appliance available in limited sizes, typically made from materials like polyurethane or vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer. Stock night guards are inexpensive but offer minimal protection, have poor retention, and may not be comfortable. Users often need to clench their teeth to keep the guard in place, which can disrupt sleep.

For effective and comfortable protection against teeth grinding (bruxism), it’s recommended to consult with Vancouver Dental Specialty Clinic for a custom night guard tailored to your needs. This ensures a durable, long-term solution to protect your teeth and TMJ.

What Are the Treatment Options for Bruxism?

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