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Unresolved chronic stress can cause some people to clench their jaw and grind their teeth while sleeping. This condition, which is also known as bruxism can lead to several different oral health problems.

Early on the excess tension on the biting surfaces of your teeth can cause significant chips and dental fractures. If the damaged tooth enamel isn’t repaired in a reasonable amount of time bacterial deposits could accumulate. The resulting cavity could require invasive treatment.

If bruxism continues it could contribute to TMJ disorder. Early symptoms often include discomfort, inflammation, or physical dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. It might also cause a dull ache in the muscles in front of the ears or in the temples as well as discomfort when biting down.

In a case like this Dr. Chase Bennett might recommend wearing a dental guard in your mouth when you sleep. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece that cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth. It also allows a little slip between the two sets of teeth to reduce some of the muscular tension.

With consistent use the dental guard can help preserve the integrity of your teeth and your temporomandibular joints.

If you live in the Arvada, Colorado, area and you have been grinding your teeth while sleeping, you should call 303.421.2696 to explore the dental guard options available at Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado.