Preventative Maintenance

Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism), or your may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful.

People with nighttime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel "ten times faster" than those without "abusive chewing habits." Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed.

In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw point and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns, bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace damaged teeth.

To stop nighttime grinding, we can fit your with a mouth splint (mouth guard) to protect your teeth while you sleep. We also offer custom fit mouth guards for use in athletic activities.