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What Can I Do For Teeth Grinding At Night
You cannot : It is a fact that nocturnal or sleep bruxism is not going to be cured by intervention. It is not a curable movement disorder. Occlusal splints are generally appreciated to prevent tooth wear and injury and perhaps reduce night time clenching or grinding behavior rather than altering a causative malocclusion. In addition, they are unlikely to significantly reducing nocturnal behavior. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dental guards: People who grind their teeth at night can wear down their teeth. A dentist can fit a person with dental guards (like a retainer) to prevent the teeth from grinding during sleep. In some cities, there are dental specialists who customize dental "appliances". There are also generic over-the-counter guards to prevent grinding, but one should ask his dentist if the otc guard is fitting well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a dentist first: First, oral appliances--including a night guard--do not help you "stop grinding". They work to keep teeth from being further damaged from grinding: you are likely to grind just as much. Worn teeth do not necessarily mean grinding. Acid reflux or gerd makes teeth worn down rapidly even with only occasional clenching or grinding. Please see a dentist to learn more about your condition first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some reasons for teeth grinding at night? Does being overweight contribute somehow? Any natural way to stop the involuntary habit?
Not really: Grinding at night (aka nocturnal bruxism) can be related to sleep disorders, medications, stress, infection and other conditions. Night guards do not "stop" grinding. Instead, they are used to limit the damage to the teeth and tm joints caused by the grinding. A properly fitted, well-made night guard will not interfere with breathing, swallowing, sleeping and, to some extent, speech. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less Masseter Spasm: Jaw muscles called masseters can be over active ; spastic causing clenching. My observations noted one-sided masseter spasm in people who slightly tilt head to one side, with spasm on non-tilt side. When two masseters unequal in strength, the jaw bone moves irregularly causing wear on temporalmandibular joint. Solutions include correct head tilt ; biofeedback to decrease masseter spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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