While there are many different causes for bruxism, the important consideration is to stop the damage and the associated pain with a nighttime mouth guard. We here at El Paso Modern Dentistry like to fit our patients with a custom night guard to help them stop grinding their teeth at night and find relief from the associated pain and discomfort of bruxism.
While night mouth guards are great for patients who struggle with bruxism, that is not the only thing they are effective in treating. We also like to recommend a nighttime mouth guard to patients who struggle with snoring and problems with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This can help reposition the mouth and the jaw, minimizing the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. For patients who snore, it can help adjust the position of the jaw, reducing the instances of snoring.
However, as a treatment for bruxism, a night guard can be extremely helpful. The problem with bruxism is that it cannot only damage your teeth, but it can also negatively impact your quality of life. People who suffer from bruxism may have teeth that have visibly started to wear down and chip. The enamel may be thinning due to the constant grinding and clenching. They may also wake up with headaches and pain coming from their jaw. They may also have an unexplained tooth or jaw pain. Their sleep may also suffer, too.
The causes for bruxism may vary, but stress can often be a major trigger for it. Younger people, such as children, may be more likely to have it. Genetics can also lead to grinding and clenching of your teeth. Certain medications, such as antidepressants can cause bruxism, as can tobacco products and alcohol. Finally, people with certain neurological or other disorders may be more likely to grind their teeth. This includes epilepsy, sleep apnea, and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).
To learn more about night guards, or to set up an appointment with us here at El Paso Modern Dentistry for a consultation to determine if you could benefit from one, please give us a call today at (915) 213-0055!