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Grinding Teeth While Awake
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Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding is caused by involuntary contraction of the jaw (masseter) muscle during sleep. This in turn is usually caused by stress or chronic habits (like chewing on pencils). Since the individual is asleep, s/he is unable to control it. The best management is to have your dentist make a mouth guard to protect the teeth and reduce the friction. Ibuprofen will help for pain. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress: Possibly it's related to stress in your life. You manage it while awake, but when you sleep, your subconscious takes over and away your jaws / muscles go- grinding.. Another theory is that you might have constricted breathing airways and it's a way your body compensates to try to get more air. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Grinding teeth: Clenching and grinding teeth is called bruxism. It is often done during sleep. The effects of bruxism include chronic headaches and migraines, poor sleep, sore jaws, worn and fractured teeth. Bruxism is a habit that is often caused by stress. A common, non-invasive treatment is a nightguard, made by your dentist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Why do I snap my teeth together while sleeping? I frequently clench my jaw subconsciously while awake and while sleeping. (every day) thanks!
Sleep bruxism: Bruxism during sleep may be part of a sleep disorder. Many people do this a dare to aware of it. It can also be related to stress, a bad bite and during the daytime, habit. Talk to your dentist about this. If you are tired all of the time talk to primary care about sleep disorder, like apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loose teeth: If the teeth are loose because of the trauma of grinding on them in your sleep, a night guard can alleviate the problem. If, however, the teeth are loose because of the loss of bone due to periodontal disease, or an abscess, the night guard cannot solve those problems. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?
Worth the investment: The fee for a properly designed, fabricated (with adj's included) bite splint or night guard, you are actually getting several years worth of a valuable appliance - we have patients who've worn the same splint for 15 years - it is not a glorified athletic mouthguard, and if designed and worn properly, can save you from tooth damage, gum & bone damage, as well as protecting your tm joints. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Even when we clench we are grinding a bit, not a lot of motion but our teeth have mountains and valleys normally, not flats, so biting still grinds the teeth a bit. Clinching can cause your to damage fillings as well. Likely you are grinding at night on top of that and may need an occlusal guard. Talk to you dentist about your options. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: To prevent tooth movement mouth guard would have to be constructed so that both upper and lower teeth are firmly held during activity. Their design is to prevent tooth tooth damage and concussion, not to retain teeth. Talk to your Orthodontist about time in mouth guard vas time in retainers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely !: Stress resulting in clenching and grinding of your teeth. Eating a very coarse food diet, harmful habits (such as chewing on pens & pencils) chewing gum for hours (try to spit out as soon as the flavor is gone - about 5 minute) all can lead to worn down teeth. Talk to your dentist for answers and solutions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They are the same: Interchangeable words for the same device. A well-fitting, dentist custom made mouthguard is a device that will either allow you to continue to grind, but instead of tooth vs. Tooth wearing down, you will have tooth vs. Mouthguard (which is softer than tooth & will wear instead of tooth). This will also act as a "stress-breaker" and in some people wearing it makes them stop grinding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible: 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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