Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
It is very common for people to grind and clench their teeth during the day or while sleeping. You may catch yourself doing it during the day, and probably consciously tell yourself to stop before you generate any damage to your teeth. When sleeping, people are likely grinding and clenching on their teeth with very high forces. The difference now is that they are sleeping and the brain does not say “stop”. Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can be very damaging to the dentition by wearing down the enamel layer. It may also generate sore muscles in the face, head and neck. Brisebois dental offers custom fit night guards that are designed to prevent damage to the teeth when teeth grinding during slumber. The night guard also helps in relieving stress and strain on the muscles around the jaws, face, head and neck. Impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth and sent to a dental lab where the night guard is created out of a durable plastic. At a second appointment, the patient is fitted with the night guard and adjustments are made to accommodate the patient’s bite and comfort.