I frequently grind my teeth at night and it is beginning to be a problem. I don't want any further damage to my teeth, so are there mouth guards or other treatment options for this problem?
Doctors Answers (4)
A custom-made hard acrylic splint would be the best option from your information. This can be easily made at a dental office and should fit you comfortably.
It's best to have a dentist who is trained to treat TMJ Dysfunction and sleep disorders to help identify why you are grinding your teeth. There are many reasons you may be doing so. A "mouth guard" isn't always the best solution and it can cause worsening of problems if it's not properly prescribed.
Teeth grinding, or medically known as "bruxism" is a common disorder often felt to be associated with increased muscle tension and, therefore, associated with any condition which increases muscle tension. This would include medication effect, metabolic disorders such as hyperthyroidism, anxiety and sleep apnea. I would suggest that you first consult with your dentist. If no underlying cause is obvious, a mouth guard can be devised to protect your teeth.
The most common treatment for teeth grinding (bruxism) is a mouth piece. Mouth pieces can be purchased over the counter or custom made by a qualified dentist.