Many people clench and grind their teeth. This can even happen while you are asleep and you may not be aware of the habit. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel (the outer layer of the tooth that provides protection), causing the teeth to wear down. This can also cause jaw pain and damage gum tissue.
One consideration to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding is an occlusal guard (often referred to as a night guard.) This provides a barrier between your teeth and can be designed to help alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition. These are custom fitted to your teeth through a simple impression at your dental office.
If you suspect you may clench or grind your teeth then set up a consultation with us.