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Night Guards for Teeth Clenching or Grinding (Bruxism)

Although most people clench or grind their teeth on occasion, a regular habit of this can cause headaches, sore neck muscles, abnormal wear on the biting surfaces of the teeth, and other complications. In some extreme cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in the teeth fracturing, loosening, or being worn down to stumps requiring extensive and expensive treatment. Jaw joints can also be affected resulting in pain, clicking, popping and locking.


The causes of teeth clenching or grinding can be stress and anxiety, an abnormal bite, or missing or crooked teeth. It often occurs at night, when a loved one may hear the sound of the grinding, but many people may quietly clench their teeth at night and only find out when the telltale signs of wear and tear on their teeth becomes apparent.


Dr. Chalmers can prescribe a custom-fabricated mouth guard or night guard to be worn at night to help protect your teeth while you sleep. Made of a clear thermoplastic material that is molded to the shape of only your upper teeth, it is very comfortable and non-bulky. If you have an abnormal bite, conventional orthodontics or Invisalign may be advised, and if stress is causing you to grind your teeth, other options may include stress counseling, starting an exercise program, and seeking physical therapy. Visit Dr. Michele Chalmers, D.D.S., Pleasanton female dentist, to talk about your treatment options.