Is your roommate complaining of your teeth grinding noises while asleep? It is high time that you get evaluated at Opulent Dental.

People are extremely conscious about their oral and overall health these days. Thanks to the abundant knowledge over the internet. However, dealing with daily challenges, exam or work related stress, anger issues or sleep disorders could lead to the habit of teeth clenching and night grinding (bruxism). It requires urgent dental care. To save your teeth from sensitivity, toothache and other dental problems, Dr.Dutt at Opulent Dental advises the use of mouthguards is such people.

What happens in Bruxism?

Even though there are usually no symptoms associated with teeth grinding or jaw clenching, the patient may often experience tooth or jaw pain. Moreover, it can lead to excessive wear and tear of your teeth over time. If you have a habit of night grinding or bruxism you would not be aware of it unless someone points it out to you or you start experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Facial, jaw or dental pain
  • constant headaches, especially after waking up
  • earache
  • limited mouth opening
  • tooth sensitivity
  • pain on biting or chewing
  • stiffness in the jaw
  • difficulty in falling asleep
  • broken or worn off dental crowns or fillings
  • chipped, fractured or broken teeth in severe cases

Teeth grinding needs medical and dental assistance, the cause has to be eliminated and the consequences treated. The most common reasons for bruxism are:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • TMJ (jaw) problems
  • Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep paralysis or hallucinations
  • Certain medications
  • Panic attacks
  • Clenching the jaw in anger
  • Drug abuse

Mouthguard is the safest method to eliminate or reduce the habit of teeth grinding or bruxism. However, at Opulent Dental we seek a one-on-one consultation with your physician or psychologists to ensure you are getting the treatment to reduce your stress and other issues.

How do mouthguards work?

Once the actual cause causing the teeth grinding or bruxism is treated, mouthguards are given to patients to help with their bruxism.

Mouthguards are custom-made trays that a patient is advised to wear in one or both jaws while sleeping. Mouthguards also known as bite guards are available pre-made in the markets for athletes and sportsmen to save them from injuries during the games.

The success rate of mouthguard is dependent on patient compliance and is often high. Studies and our personal patient experience at Opulent dental have shown that they reduce muscle and jaw tension. It also helps to eliminate the pain that helps the patient to sleep better.

The only drawback associated with the constant use of mouthguards is that it may permanently alter your bite and occlusion. You can always consult our experts at Opulent Dental with your concerns.

Apart from the use of mouthguards, the dentist will also treat all the existing dental problems as well.


How do I know if I have bruxism?
People who grind their teeth in sleep are often unaware of it. You will not know you have bruxism unless the onset of symptoms or unless your sleeping partners tells you so. However, the easiest way to catch bruxism is with your regular visits to the dental clinic. At Opulent Dental, your dentist will immediately know the wear in your teeth, indicating teeth grinding, even if you have no symptoms.

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