Clenching and grinding your teeth, also called bruxism, usually happens unconsciously during sleep, though stressful days can also lead to daytime bruxism. Jaw muscles are so powerful, you can actually damage your own teeth and jaw joints. Bruxism can lead to headaches, facial muscle tension, painful jaws, ringing in the ears, and exhaustion.
If you wake up with sensitive teeth or feel like your jaws just did a marathon workout, you could be grinding your teeth.
At Palms Dental, we create custom nightguards, which place a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to avoid tooth fractures and wear. Your nightguard can also help to relax your jaws, reducing inflammation.
Contact our West Bradenton dental office to learn more about custom nightguards. We are here to help you get a good night’s sleep and have a pain-free day.