Treating chronic grinding and clenching is important when it comes to preventing other complications in your mouth. Most people clench and grind their teeth without even realizing that they’re doing it.
Some symptoms and signs that are evident in people with chronic clenching or bruxism include:
- Sore jaws
- Muscle pain in the face, neck and shoulders
- Prematurely worn teeth
- Broken dental restorations
- TMJ disorders and pain
- Flat, chipped teeth
“When you’re clenching and grinding all day long, your teeth and their restorations can’t withstand the amount of pressure placed on them. Although your smile is designed to function day after day, excessive grinding is more than they can endure. Come see me and let’s prevent more complications from occurring.”
—Dr. Lance Timmerman
What Causes Bruxism?
There are a lot of theories about bruxism, but we know that factors like stress and misaligned teeth can cause a person to clench and grind their teeth together. Most people do it when they are sleeping or during the day without ever realizing it. By wearing a bruxism splint or guard made by Dr. Timmerman, we can help prevent the damage that is done by subconscious bruxism.
Immediate Results from Grinding and Clenching
Our Seattle area patients find Dr. Timmerman’s bruxism treatments very effective. Each patient is made a custom-fitted mouthguard that may be worn when grinding typically takes place. We offer different types of mouthguards depending on the severity of your grinding and whether or not you grind in the day or nighttime. From the very first time you wear it, you’ll notice just how much more comfortable your face, jaws, and muscles begin to feel. They can even help with snoring.
Don’t wait until grinding destroys everything you love about your smile. Stop by our office to find out about our bruxism mouthguards and have an impression made to create your own customized device today.