Nightguards for Bruxism Therapy in Selden

Bruxism is a condition characterized by the unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth. It may occur while the affected patient is awake and exerting extreme focus, but it is most common during sleep. Because individuals suffering from sleep bruxism are unaware of their condition, it’s important to know the warning signs and to visit our office regularly for routine checkups.

Understanding Bruxism

Patients with bruxism may experience a combination of symptoms directly related to teeth grinding and jaw clenching, or they may be affected and fail to realize it entirely. The symptoms most commonly associated with bruxism are:

  • Soreness in the jaw and face muscles
  • A feeling of fatigue or tightness in the muscles of the jaw
  • Enamel wear
  • Grinding of the teeth (the grating sound may awaken sleep partners)
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Persistent headaches that originate in the temple area
  • Tooth marks or indentations on the tongue or cheek lining
  • Flattened teeth with deeper layers of teeth exposed

There are a number of factors that contribute to bruxism, and many patients experience a combination of them simultaneously. These include:

  • Other sleep disorders, including sleep apnea
  • Intense concentration
  • Anxiety, frustration, anger, stress, and general emotional tension
  • Malocclusion
  • Side effects of certain prescription drugs and stimulants

Complications of Bruxism

While bruxism can be treated and managed successfully with non-invasive methods, the effects of untreated grinding can be much more difficult to address. Patients with bruxism may experience a variety of side effects and complications, including the following:

  • Teeth that are flat or worn down
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Chronic headaches and facial pain
  • Jaw soreness
  • Damage to dental restorations (crowns, fillings, bridges, etc.)
  • Sensitivity due to damaged enamel
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD)

Treating Bruxism with Custom Nightguards

One of the most effective and affordable ways to treat bruxism involves the use of a custom-fitted mouthguard, often called a nightguard. This specialized oral appliance mitigates jaw clenching and teeth grinding, allowing you to enjoy a peaceful night of comfortable sleep. Ask Dr. Scotto-Lavino about how a nightguard can help you protect your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles from the destructive effects of bruxism.

If you or someone in your family suffers from the pain and dental damage of bruxism, we’d like to help.

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in Selden, NY today to schedule your consultation, and start experiencing real bruxism relief now. Our practice proudly serves patients from throughout nearby communities in Long Island, including Terryville, Port Jefferson Station, Coram, Mt. Sinai, Farmingville, Centereach, and more.

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