Bruxism is the act of consciously or unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth. It is most common during sleep, but can also occur during the day. Dr. Daniel McKay provides treatments to help halt the damage caused by bruxism and begin the process of restoring your teeth. To learn more about treatments for bruxism in Seattle, Washington, and to schedule your appointment with our dentist, call our practice at 206-381-3055.
Bruxism occurs for a variety of reasons, including stress and misaligned teeth. While teeth grinding may not seem to be a major medical or dental issue, misaligned teeth lead to a number of problems that affect your overall health and quality of life, including:
- Broken, chipped, and worn teeth
- Broken dentures
- Headaches and migraines
- Ear ringing and earaches
- Sore jaw joints (TMJ disorders)
- Muscle pain in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles
- Pain and tightness in jaw muscles
There are several treatments available for bruxism. At the office of Daniel McKay, DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we provide custom night guards to wear at night while you sleep. Our night guards are made from high-grade plastic, and are specially designed to fit your teeth perfectly and prevent them from grinding. We may also recommend other oral appliances or stress-relief techniques to help reduce your bruxism.
If you have questions about bruxism or night guards, please do not hesitate to contact our office and schedule an appointment.