Bruxism is a condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth, usually while they are asleep or even subconsciously. If the issue is left untreated, serious dental damage may be the result. Because the condition frequently occurs during sleep, many people may not know that they have a problem. Your spouse or partner may hear you grinding your teeth as you sleep. However, if no one has mentioned anything to you, here are some of the other signs of bruxism:
- Migraines and headaches
- Pain in the jaws, the ears or the face
- Sensitive or damaged teeth, which can include cracks or chips
- Tension in the jaw
- Indentations on the tongue
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our dentist can help by creating a custom night guard. This is a mouthpiece designed from impressions of your teeth. You wear it as you sleep to protect your smile from the effects of bruxism. The night guard acts as a cushion between your upper and lower teeth, allowing you to sleep peacefully and avoid pain and damage to your smile. We invite you to call 785-271-7477 today to make an appointment with Dr. Holden Correll to learn more about night guards in Topeka, Kansas.