Wearing a Night Guard to Protect against Bruxism and TMJ

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Bruxism is the act of clenching or grinding your teeth. There are two main types of bruxism, with one occurring with you are asleep and one occurring while awake. If you suffer from sleep bruxism, only after you have signs of damage may you perhaps finally see the first indicator you suffer from it. 

Don’t wait until your teeth and jaw joints are already damaged to see if you have bruxism. Read the following signs and symptoms that could indicate you suffer from the teeth grinding:

– You have suffered from a temporomandibular disorder that has weakened the joints in your jaw.

– You have teeth that are ground down or are sensitive to the touch.

– You have odd markings and indentations on your tongue and inner cheek tissue.

– You have difficulty or experience aching pains when fully opening and closing your mouth

– You feel pain in your head in areas beyond your jaw, including your face and ears.

– You may have bruxism if your jaw has been known to freeze or gets stuck in place.

For more information on how to prevent teeth grinding and TMJ, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carl McMillan, please call us at 801-756-0900 today. Speak with a member of our team at TMJ Therapy to find relief for your jaw and your smile. Our dental office is conveniently located in American Fork, Utah.