Mouthguards Sacramento, CA
Treat grinding (bruxism) and clenching with a dental mouthguard.
Statistics show that about one out of four dental patients have one of the oldest maladies known to man – bruxism or clenching.
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding of the teeth that soon removes critical portions of healthy enamel from the chewing surfaces of the teeth and may cause pain.
Clenching is a common variation of bruxism and involves non-purposeful closing of teeth in the chewing position.
People who grind and clench, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep or while working intensely.
People usually aren’t diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late because they don’t ever realize they have developed the habit. Some with otherwise healthy teeth and gums can clench so often and hard that they experience sensitive teeth, jaw pain, tense muscles in the face and headaches. Some clenching may also cause stress fracture in the teeth.
Dr. Jayson Chalmers can help assist you in identifying the need for a dental night guard. A night guard/bite guard is a retainer-like hard plastic appliance worn at night while you sleep. It is designed to protect the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a protective cushion between the upper and lower teeth. A night guard can be a simple and affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of bruxism.