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Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism is a condition that occurs when someone grinds or clenches their teeth while they sleep. This often causes a variety of dental health issues. Over time, this problem can lead to chronic pain and chipped, broken, or worn teeth. Thankfully, there is a solution! At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we can treat bruxism quickly and comfortably with custom night guards!

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Why Are My Teeth So Worn?

One of the most common symptoms of bruxism is worn teeth. Your teeth are never supposed to touch – even when you are eating! When patients grind or clench at night, they begin wearing down the enamel on the surface of their teeth. Over time, this can lead to flat, worn-down teeth. In severe cases, grinding and clenching may also cause a tooth to chip, crack, or break.

Woman placing mouthguard on upper teeth

What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Unfortunately, because this condition occurs during the night, many people are unaware that they have a problem. Worn teeth are the most common symptom. If your teeth look less defined or flat, you may be suffering from bruxism.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Chronic jaw, ear, or facial pain
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Worn, exposed enamel
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth

How is Bruxism Treated?

At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we use high-quality night guards to protect your teeth and prevent clenching and grinding.

To make your night guard, Dr. Desatnik will first take an impression of your teeth. We will send this information to a specialized dental lab for your appliance to be crafted. You will have a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Nightguards are made from flexible plastic and are molded to fit your teeth. Custom-made night guards are comfortable and provide more support than store-bought boil-and-bite varieties.

Once your appliance is ready, Dr. Desatnik will check to make sure your night guard fits securely and comfortably. Before you leave, he will explain how to use and care for your new dental appliance.

If you have questions about bruxism or night guards, contact our office at 216-464-9800. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options!

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