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Nightly Teeth Grinding Can Leave You Dealing With Daily Pain

How can you tell whether or not you are grinding your teeth while you sleep? Your partner may hear the sounds of your teeth being clenched tightly at night, and let you know about it. You can also look out for symptoms that often affect people with this problem. Unfortunately, they can be hard problems to ignore. You may wake up with pain concentrated in your face, neck, and teeth, or experience aggravating issues with dental sensitivity. If your habit of clenching your jaw creates issues for your joints, you can experience frequent discomfort throughout the day. Those aches and pains can include uncomfortable headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, or limited jaw movement. At our Seattle, WA dental practice, we can help you enjoy relief by offering a custom appliance to stop you from grinding your teeth at night. We can also help you deal with yet another unpleasant symptom of jaw clenching – noticeable wear and tear on your teeth.

Are You Experiencing These Problems?

How often do you find yourself suffering the following discomforts during a routine day?

  • Pain concentrated in your face and jaw
  • Tooth pain, or dental sensitivity
  • Painful or limited jaw movements that affect how you speak, chew, or laugh
  • Recurring headaches

While your teeth grinding habit can occur during the night, its effects can linger well into your typical day! These are not problems you should feel resigned to. If you have these symptoms, or if you start to notice that your teeth show signs of wear and tear, make a dental appointment.

Stop Your Nightly Teeth Grinding With A Custom Appliance

With a custom-made appliance provided by your dentist, you can once again sleep peacefully, and stop worrying about your chronic teeth grinding. Because each appliance is made for an individual’s bite, they can be comfortable, and easy to keep in place. All you do is insert it before going to sleep, and you can enjoy a night of rest without doing potentially serious harm to your teeth.

We Can Help Restore Your Smile By Addressing Damaged Teeth

During a routine dental exam, your dentist may recognize the signs of teeth grinding, even if you do not bring the problem up yourself. This is because the habit can speed up the rate of wear and tear affecting your teeth, leaving you with unsightly changes to your smile. If the problem is still only superficial, you can discuss restoring your smile with cosmetic dental work. However, it may be necessary to address damage with dental crowns, as too much wear and tear can lead to oral health concerns.

Talk To Ballard Neighborhood Dentist About Nightly Teeth Grinding

At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, our practice is committed to helping patients protect their smiles against bruxism, or nightly teeth grinding. If this is a problem that has started to affect your life, we can provide protection for your teeth, and appropriate care to restore your smile. For more information on how we can help you, please call our Seattle, WA dental practice at 206-789-2555!

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