Does your maxilla bone hurt in the morning or do you find difficult to close or to open your mouth? Do your teeth seem more sensitive or blunt? Do you have regular headaches? These all could indicate bruxism or grinding. If not taken care of, this condition can affect the jaw joint, teeth or any dental appliance.
What causes grinding?
The exact cause of grinding stays unknown, but, statistically, there have been identified a few factors in direct correlation to it: anxiety, stress, drug abuse, smoking, caffeine, malocclusion, alcohol, even Parkinson disease et al.
Curing from grinding is not yet possible, but it can be kept under strict control. One of your best solutions are night guards or trays. Such an appliance would free your teeth from the pressure, thus protecting them in the long run. Actually, they have the same effect on any dental appliance you may wear.
Night guard treatment
First, your dentist will take an impression of your dentition. This impression is sent to a lab, where your night guard is fabricated. During a later visit, your dentist will show you how to use it and he or she will adjust it to match your needs. These appliances may be fabricated from various materials; it is advisable that you leave this choice to your dentist, as he knows better what type of material is best for you.