The New York Times reports an increase in tooth fractures at a rate that could be considered concerning given the current state of the world’s population. Bruxism, which is more common when people and communities are under stress, may be to blame for this sudden spike. Please give us a call if you find that you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at any time of the day or night. The sooner we can get together, the better, to prevent any irreparable harm from happening.
What Is Bruxism?
The medical word for what most people call “tooth grinding” is bruxism. The enamel on your teeth might wear down with chronic bruxism, allowing bacteria that cause cavities to get in. Although this dental issue is most prevalent in young children, it can also affect adults and teenagers. Bruxism can be triggered by a number of factors, including stress, illness, pharmaceutical use, and character flaws.
Tooth and jaw damage can occur if bruxism is not addressed. Teeth, jaw, and general dental health can all be negatively affected. Because nighttime teeth grinding and clenching often goes unnoticed, many patients may not realize they have a problem. If you clench or grind your teeth frequently during the day, you can take certain precautions to limit the harm it does.
Is Bruxism Reduction Possible During Daytime?
If you find that you grind or clench your teeth frequently throughout the day, our dental office can offer you some helpful suggestions:
- Lowering your caffeine intake or switching to decaffeinated coffee or tea can have a surprisingly large impact on your stress levels.
- If you want to reduce your risk of bruxism and other negative health effects of smoking, quitting now is the time to do it.
- You can lessen the likelihood that you will clench or grind your teeth during the day by training your mind to be more present and by learning relaxation techniques.
If you or a member of your family suffers from bruxism, our dentists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
Can a Dentist Help You With Bruxism?
If you’ve already broken or chipped a tooth due to bruxism, the dental team can help right away. In addition, we may provide you an unique dental night guard to safeguard your teeth while you sleep.
Brief Description of a Custom Night Guard
Night guards are made to fit over your teeth and create a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to prevent contact between the two while you sleep. The nighttime habits of bruxism and teeth clenching/grinding are mitigated without resorting to such extreme measures.
Why Do You Need a Night Guard While Sleeping?
There are many advantages you’ll reap from using your dental night guard:
- This device can act as a shock absorber to protect your teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching since they are placed between your upper and lower teeth.
- Bespoke mouthguards are more long-lasting and comfortable to use, allowing you to get better rest.
- Your dental guard can also be useful in preventing or alleviating TMJ symptoms.
What Is TMJ Syndrome?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is where the jaw and the skull meet. The jaw can move up and down, forward and back at this joint. When the TMJ is damaged, for example by an injury or by stress disorders such chronic clenching or grinding, it can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms.
- Sounds of cracking or popping as the jaw is opened or closed
- Discomfort in the head, jaw, or when attempting to move the jaw
- A bite problem caused by a misaligned jaw
- Discomfort in the jaw that spreads to the cheek, neck, and shoulder
When you have TMJ syndrome, these symptoms can make it difficult to get a good night’s rest, concentrate on your work, or carry out other routine tasks.
Is There Any Relief From TMJ Pain With a Night Guard?
A custom-made sleep guard can relieve the tension in your jaw and promote natural healing if you have TMJ condition. When you come to us for help with TMJ syndrome, we’ll work with you to design a personalized night guard that will protect your teeth and restore your ability to bite and speak clearly, relieving any discomfort you may be experiencing as a result.
As opposed to a store-bought option, why should you get a night guard that is made just for your teeth?
You might be able to find a generic dental guard in a local drugstore or on the internet. When compared to a professionally fitted dental guard, these dental gadgets just can’t compare in terms of comfort and convenience. The dental guard we provide for you will be made to fit your mouth perfectly.
How Can I Get a Custom Dental Guard?
We can make a night guard for your teeth that is tailored to your unique tooth structure. A dental imprint will be taken so that your dentist may craft a guard for your teeth that will both protect your enamel from additional wear and help you get a good night’s sleep. Your overall health and dental condition can benefit from this.
Get in touch with us right away to arrange for your initial consultation. Your oral health is our first priority, and we’re here to help.
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