Grinding can lead to cracking, breaking and fracturing of your teeth, which will cause the need for more extensive dental work.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism refers to the act of grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding can occur at any time, but it is most common at night. People who grind their teeth during the day may find that stress-relieving techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help. Unfortunately, for nighttime grinding, there is typically no lifestyle change that will help. Treatment of bruxism often involves wearing a type of night guard while you sleep.
Why do you need Treatment for Bruxism?
Bruxism can damage your teeth if left untreated. As you continue to grind your teeth, it will eventually wear down the tops of them, causing a very flat-look to your smile. Grinding can even lead to cracking, breaking and fracturing of your teeth, which will cause the need for more extensive dental work. Some patients are unaware that they even grind their teeth at night. Some of the most common signs to look for concerning bruxism include:
- You wake up with jaw pain or tooth pain
- You have morning-specific headaches
- Your teeth are flat rather than curved and ridged
What makes you a good candidate for Treatment of Bruxism?
Treatment of bruxism involves a night guard that you’ll wear while you’re sleeping. To be considered for one of these night guards, you’ll need to come in for an exam as well as consultation. With the help of an exam, we can determine if you have bruxism and begin the treatment that you need. Treatment is easy and the night guard is made just for you. This provides you with a comfortable, lasting fit that you won’t even know you’re wearing. The night guard offers cushioning protection between the top and bottom teeth so that you are less likely to grind your teeth and experience the effects of doing so. Bruxism can severely damage your teeth if left untreated, so it is important to reach out if you believe you’re experiencing a problem. With routine dental checkups, we will be able to detect signs of grinding as well.
What happens during the Treatment for Bruxism?
After having a consultation and determining whether or not you have bruxism, we’ll create a mouth guard appliance for you. This is done by taking impressions that are then sent to a lab local to our office. The lab techs will work to get your night guard crafted for you and sent back to us in a timely manner. Once we receive the guard, you’ll come back in to have it fitted. We can make adjustments to the guard as needed so that it’s more comfortable for you. The key to bruxism treatment using a mouth guard is to wear it nightly. If you fail to wear the appliance each night, you’re still going to grind and damage your teeth. These appliances are only effective if they’re worn. You may need to have a new appliance made every few years as they begin to show signs of wear and tear. Keep your night guard clean by soaking it in a dental cleansing solution and rinsing it both after removing it from your mouth and before putting it back in. With the help of bruxism treatment, you can experience healthier teeth that are free of flat crowns, breaks and fractures. Night guards can be utilized on patients of all ages and dental needs, and the flexible material is safe to have in your mouth during the night.
If you are looking for treatment of tooth grinding, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you.