Custom-made from soft material to fit your teeth, the night-guard slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents contact with the opposite teeth. The night-guard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching. If stress seems to be a major reason of bruxism, it may be helpful to find ways to relax, such as listening to music, reading a book, taking a walk or enjoying a warm bath. Applying a warm, wet washcloth to the side of the face may help relax muscles that have become sore from clenching. If you have difficulties handling stress, counselling may point to effective ways of dealing with stressful situations.
An abnormal bite, one in which teeth do not fit well together, may lead to grinding. Treatment may involve reducing the “high spots” on one or more teeth. For serious cases, we may suggest reshaping or reconstructing the biting surfaces with inlays or crowns.
Grinding is a common occurrence for many people at some time or another. If you routinely grind your teeth, please inform our team.