If an individual grinds or clenches their teeth on a regular basis, their teeth can become damaged and other oral health issues can occur. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be caused by stress and anxiety. However, teeth grinding is more often caused by an abnormal bite, crooked teeth, or missing teeth, and usually occurs during sleep. Teeth grinding can cause the fracturing, loosening, or even the loss of teeth. Teeth can also become severely worn. Because teeth grinding usually happens during sleep, you may not know that you do it. Often times, people find out that they grind their teeth because their loved one hears them grinding their teeth at night. If you have a constant, dull headache or a sore jaw when you wake up, Dr. Laney Schuman may treat teeth grinding in Granite City, Illinois.
If you grind your teeth, our dentist may recommend a night guard, which is a custom-made mouth guard. Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material. Wear your mouth guard at night to protect your teeth and jaws from the effects of teeth grinding.
We invite you to contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.