Your mouth has many important responsibilities. It allows you to bite and chew food thoroughly, which aids in proper digestion and good overall nutrition. Your teeth control airflow, allowing for proper speech. Your smile is also critical. It is the first thing that others notice about you and has the power to leave a strong, lasting impression. If you wake up every morning with a pain in your jaw, the functions of your mouth and your quality of life may be impacted. Simple tasks like eating and speaking can be excruciating. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help to alleviate these symptoms, improving your quality of life, with an oral appliance.
Do You Suffer from Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which your grind and clench your teeth. While this grinding and clenching can occur any time of the day, it is more frequent at night. This is because during the day you notice if your teeth are clenched or grinding, and you can take action to stop it. At night, however, your teeth can grind and clench without you knowing, allowing it to continue for an extended period. With bruxism, your muscles contract, forcing your teeth together with extreme force. Not only do your muscles grow tired, but the excessive force can cause significant pain that can interfere with your quality of life.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Pain in your jaw first thing in the morning after you wake up is a common symptom of bruxism. There are also other symptoms that may occur as well, including:
What Causes Bruxism?
There are several different issues that can lead to bruxism. Common causes include:
Oral Appliances for Bruxism
An oral appliance is a common treatment prescribed for mild to moderate bruxism. It is a device made to be worn in your mouth while you sleep. We create custom oral appliances, also called night guards, from digital impressions taken of your mouth. This ensures an accurate fit that provides optimal results.
There are two types of oral appliances that may be used for treating the symptoms of bruxism. The first is similar to a sports mouth guard. It covers the entire top arch of your teeth. It works to cushion the impact of the forces your jaw exerts when you grind and clench. The other type of oral appliance is made to cover only the front teeth. This type of oral appliance works to hold your jaw in proper alignment while also preventing your upper and lower teeth from making contact. While oral appliances cannot eliminate bruxism, they can significantly alleviate the symptoms, greatly improving your quality of life.
With an oral appliance, we can help alleviate the symptoms of bruxism so that your mouth can function normally. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery at (734) 455-0710 for more information and to schedule your consultation today.