Grinding can cause teeth to become painful or loose. Many people are unaware they even have the disorder because if often occurs at night during sleep. Patients can literally grind away parts of their teeth, leaving them with worn surfaces or fractured enamel.
Stress or sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause teeth grinding. If you wake up in the morning with stiff and painful jaw muscles, you may well have been clenching during the nights. This habit can not only cause aching muscles, but can wear down your teeth and damage dental work.
An occlusal guard (bite plate) is the easiest and best option to protect you teeth against grinding. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, call us to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to assist you in the process of manufacturing your own personal bite plate.