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Certain habits that are done consciously or not can have severe repercussions to your dentition. In the case of bruxism or grinding during the night can cause pain and discomfort in the morning (headaches, dental pain and/or jawpain) and/or irreversible damage to the dentition. In order to protect your teeth, wearing a nightguard while you are asleep can be recommended. Our dentists in Kirkland have the solution to your grinding and/or clenching!

Bruxism: problematic for the oral cavity

Bruxism is caused by involuntary contractions of the muscles that are responsible for mastication. This reflex is normally related to stress and/or anxiety that can occur not only at night but also during the day. This occurs occasionally but for some individuals it can be a chronic issue. At night it is a lot more difficult to control our reflexes. Bruxism can be detected by a few different symptoms in the oral cavity:

> Wear of the enamel: this can cause and create sensitivity to hot and cold along with making the teeth that are more vulnerable.
> Severe wear of the dentition: the dentist will keep an eye on your dentition to see if there is any substantial wear on your teeth. If the situation becomes worse, it will alter the mastication function.
> Teeth and/or jaw pain: the contractions of the jaw muscles can cause muscle pain especially during the day. The grinding of your teeth can create not only painful teeth but the root can experience discomfort and/or pain as well.
> Headaches and neck pain: these pains are associated with the jaw and/or teeth.
> Noise: certain individuals grinding their teeth heavily leading to noise that can disturb your partner.

A nightguard can prevent the effects of bruxism

If there is no other way to reduce your grinding/clenching aside from finding ways to reduce stress, the nightguard will be one of the best solutions as per the recommendations of the dental professionals at Centre Dentaire NP, your dental office in Kirkland. The nightguard is worn at night, made to relieve your jaw muscles and protect your teeth.

The consequences of bruxism:

1. A less restful sleep

Headaches, jaw pain and/or neck pain are in some cases the effects felt throughout the day can take away the feeling of a good night’s rest.

2. Increased dental wear

When grinding or clenching repeatedly it will often damage the dentition. The wear starts by affecting the enamel, which can later compromise the remaining structure of the tooth.

3. Migraines and other pains

The constant jaw muscle contractions can lead to migraines, neck pains and stiffness of the jaw. These issues can persist or worsen throughout the day.

4. Dental restoration

Once the enamel is heavily compromised, it becomes necessary for the dentition to replace it with a crown to keep the dentition equal and harmonious.

Les conséquences du bruxisme