Are you waking tired with sore facial muscles and a headache? You may have a stress-related dental condition called bruxism. Rocky River dentist, Dr. William L. Eick, offers relief with custom nightguards.
The prevalence of Bruxism
The National Sleep Foundation, experts on the how’s and why’s of our nightly slumber habits, estimates that a full 8 percent of the American adult population suffers from bruxism or nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. The percentage of children with teeth grinding problems may be as high as 30 percent. In addition, women seem to suffer from bruxism more than men. Smokers and people who drink a lot of caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, grind their teeth more.
As a result, many kids and adults across the country suffer unnecessarily from:
- Poor, restless sleep
- Dental damage such as worn, cracked enamel, and compromised restorations, particularly on the back teeth
- Soft tissue damage, especially on the inside of cheeks
- Dental sensitivity to heat and cold
- Morning headaches, ear pain, facial soreness, TMJ dysfunction (jaw joint pain)
- Eating disorders, dementia, memory and concentration problems, irritability and depression
Some teeth grinding is so strenuous that people in the same room can actually hear the noise.
Rocky River dentist, Dr. William L. Eick, wants all his patients to get the best nightly rest possible. He also believes in preventive dentistry, including treating problems, such as teeth clenching and grinding, before they seriously impact oral and systemic health.
Treatment of teeth clenching
Teeth clenching is not simply a physical problem. Many doctors and dentists believe bruxism originates in extreme stress and anxiety. When those psychological problems lessen, the physical problem can as well.
As such, many healthcare providers recommend interventions such as stretching exercises and stress management techniques. Massage and simple warm compresses to the jaw relieve tension and pain, too. Pharmaceutical interventions, such as anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants and antidepressants, help some individuals.
However, one of the simplest and most effective ways to minimize or even eliminate bruxism and its damaging effects is a custom-made Rocky River mouthguard from Dr. William Eick. Constructed according to x-rays and oral impressions, an individualized mouthguard comfortably cushions both top and bottom teeth, effectively reducing clenching and grinding and absorbing the damaging physical forces associated with bruxism.
Mouthguards are made from a BPA-free plastic that is thin and lightweight. Some guards, or oral splints, help with snoring and sleep apnea, too, positioning the lower jaw in a more forward position so the individual’s throat opens, and air passes freely.
What about you?
Are clenching and grinding your teeth at night? You could get better rest and alleviate the physical and psychological symptoms of bruxism by consulting Dr. William L. Eick, your Rocky River dentist. Contact his office team to arrange an exclusive consultation.