Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, causes a shortening of teeth, jaw pain and headaches. A Night Guard is an apparatus used to treat this condition. Night guards are made of very soft and comfortable material that slides into your mouth, making sure you do not grind your teeth at night. Our dentist will determine if a night guard is right for you and will make sure that the apparatus fits properly into your mouth.
As a frequent source of headaches dental Bruxism, also known as, clenching or grinding your teeth is commonly overlooked.
In response to stress your body sends a signal to your facial muscles to tense automatically. Many times this is a response that you may be unaware that you are doing. Concentrating on a detailed task, working at the computer, and even while exercising are all examples of times that we find patients clench or grind more often. Even more so, a large precentage of people clench or brux while sleeping. This is an automatic or parafunctional habit that may prove difficult to prevent without help.
Symptoms can include:
- dull, frequent headaches
- Sore jaw
- painful, sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please make an appointment so we may customize a treatment for you. For over 20 years Dr. Fasano, your Virginia Beach Dentist, has been helping patients reduce or eliminate their symptoms and protect their teeth from excess wear with professionally fabricated occlusal guards.