Do you occasionally notice that you grind or clench your teeth when you’re deep in thought? Has a certain someone told you that you grind your teeth at night? Teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism, is a mostly unconscious condition, making regular dental check-ups all the more important. Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY, can diagnose and treat bruxism with custom-fitted night guards to give you and your sleep partner a restful night.
The Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism
According to Dr. Scotto-Lavino, the most common symptoms of bruxism, of course, involve the face, jaw, neck and head. These symptoms may include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching that others can hear
- Flattened, cracked, chipped or loose teeth
- Worn enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw or facial pain
- Stiff or tired jaw muscles
- A headache at the temples
- An earache
- Cheek or tongue damage from chewing on either
These symptoms may result from a variety of causes including anxiety and stress, sleep apnea, intense concentration, malocclusion and even as a side effect of certain medications. But whatever the cause, the symptoms are not pleasant. And bruxism may lead to significant oral complications including flat or worn teeth; cracked or chipped teeth; chronic headaches; TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder); damage to crowns and other restorations; and tooth sensitivity.
Treatment for Bruxism
One of the most common and effective methods for treating bruxism is a custom-fitted mouth guard that is worn at night. This guard is made of hard acrylic or softer materials and serves to separate the upper and lower teeth, protecting them from grinding and clenching. You may notice relief the very first night that you wear your nightguard.
Make an Appointment Today to Treat Your Bruxism
If you or someone you care about grinds and clenches their teeth, make an appointment today to see Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino in Selden, NY. Our office conveniently serves patients in the surrounding areas of Long Island, including Terryville, Port Jefferson Station, Coram, Mt. Sinai, Farmingville, Centerreach and more.