If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called bruxism.
Although the causes are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stressful situations at home, school, or work, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute to bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, since it often occurs during sleep. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, damaged restorations, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by our office to fit your teeth passively and comfortably, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch to prevent contact of the natural dentition.
Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. Each situation is different. Allow Dr. Watson to evaluate your case in order to prescribe the right kind for you.