German Church Road Family Dentistry

How can you keep me from grinding my teeth?

Dentist in Indianapolis | Smiling PatientMost of us grind our teeth from time to time, especially in moments of stress or frustration. However, chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxing, is a problem because it places stress on your teeth that can lead to a host of dental problems. Most bruxing occurs while you’re sleeping, so you may not be aware of doing it, but Dr. Uhl will see the evidence in the form of unusual dental damage.

Common symptoms of bruxism are:

  • Increased tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Chipped, or fractured teeth
  • Neck, facial, or jaw pain
  • Worn dental enamel

At German Church Road Dentistry, we recommend nightguards in Indianapolis for our patients who grind their teeth. A nightguard is a custom oral device that fits over your upper teeth like a mouth guard. Its goal is to reduce the contact that your upper and lower jaw have when you clench your jaw during sleep, thereby minimizing the damage done to your teeth.

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If you are noticing any of the above symptoms and think it might be related to teeth grinding or clenching, please call our office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Uhl to discuss your concerns.