Thousands of people every year are prescribed biteplates by their dentists. There are two common scenarios that prompt a dentist to make this recommendation. Scenario 1: Tooth Grinding You went to your dentist for a routine appointment and you were told that there is evidence that you are grinding your teeth at night (sleep bruxism). Your dentist may in fact show you areas … [Read more...] about Biteplates Need To Be Monitored
Several weeks ago a 38-year-old gentleman came to my office complaining that shortly after having three crowns (caps) put in his mouth, he began to grind his teeth at night for the first time in his life. On arising in the morning he was experiencing jaw muscle soreness and on some occasions more sharp pain which limited his breakfast selections, which are common symptoms of … [Read more...] about Can Bruxism Be Caused by Poor Dental Work?
This is a common question asked by patients in my practice. The answer to this question is based mainly on the reason it was recommended in the first place! So, if you are wondering if you will have to wear your nightguard forever, here are some common scenarios. There’s a good chance that one of them fits your situation exactly: Scenario 1: You have no teeth grinding … [Read more...] about Mouthguards & Nightguards: How Long Do They Need to Be Worn?
For years, nighttime tooth grinders were thought to be adults who were overwhelmed by life’s stresses and worries. Though stress can certainly be one cause of nighttime tooth grinding, recent research suggests that anything that arouses the brain during sleep can cause excessive jaw movements. This research explains why some children also suffer from nighttime … [Read more...] about Is Your Child Suffering from Bruxism?