Did you wake up with an aching jaw this morning? It is possible you may be clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep. This destructive condition is called bruxism and it can damage your teeth and may inflame your jaw joints, causing facial pain and chronic headaches, or even earache. Bruxism may be due to misaligned teeth, and it is frequently related to stress and anxiety. Whatever the reason, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
If you suspect you may clench and grind during sleep, please come and see us here at Apple Dental. By carefully assessing your mouth, as well as your general and dental history, we can determine if you have bruxism and the possible cause. This will allow us to suggest the most suitable treatment which depends on whether your bruxism is due to dental problems, or if it is stress-related. We may suggest a multi-faceted approach towards resolving your bruxism, for example through looking at ways to reduce stress levels while protecting your teeth from further damage.
Often a simple and effective strategy is for you to wear a custom-made bite splint. This protects your teeth and jaws by preventing tooth contact while you sleep. Another helpful treatment is to use facial injectables. Apple Dental offers injectables that relax your jaw muscles so you are less likely to clench and grind, providing you with a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep.