Bruxism is the term for any regular grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. Chronic teeth grinders often end up needing crowns, bridges, root canals and implants. In severe cases tooth loss can occur, and partial or complete dentures may be needed. Some teeth grinders only grind their teeth while they sleep at night and may not be aware of it. Waking up with a stiff or sore jaw could be a sign you are grinding your teeth at night and shouldn’t be ignored. Nocturnal bruxism can be caused by underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea. For a proper diagnosis, visit Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS for a consultation.
A custom night guard is the best way to protect your teeth from the negative effects of teeth grinding. We provide patients with custom night guards by first taking an impression of the mouth. This impression is used to fit a custom product that protects the grinding surfaces of the teeth and aligns the jaw, which also helps improve sleep. Night guards are durable and with proper care can last 10 years!
To learn more about night guards and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.