If you grind your teeth, it can cause permanent damage and can even lead eventually to tooth loss. Since many people grind their teeth at night, you might not be aware of it, but our dentist can tell by evaluating the wear and tear it causes. Using a mouthguard can help prevent this damage.
Bruxism and Your Teeth
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common problem. Many people grind their teeth, often at night. This can cause chips, cracks, and other damage to the teeth. If you notice chipped teeth, or if your teeth seem to be worn down, talk to our dentist about the possibility of grinding. If left untreated, grinding could cause permanent damage or even cause you to lose your teeth.
Causes of bruxism vary. Some common causes include:
- Stress and tension
- Misaligned bite
- TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder)
You might be able to reduce or even eliminate your grinding habit using stress-reduction techniques. Orthodontic treatment or treatments specifically addressing your TMD can also help. In addition, our dentist might recommend a mouthguard to protect your teeth from damage.
Mouthguards for Bruxism
Although you can buy boil-and-bite mouthguards over the counter, the best option is to acquire a mouthguard from our specialized dentist. These mouthguards are made of hard plastic and are custom-made to fit your teeth. Dr. Bush takes a mold of your mouth, and the mouthguard is constructed from this mold. You wear the mouthguard at night, and it helps prevent your teeth from making contact with each other, thus keeping them from wearing down, chipping, or cracking.
Because your mouthguard is custom made, it is generally comfortable, but it can take some getting used to. After the first night or two, though, you’ll probably find yourself sleeping soundly. You might even sleep better than you did before. Your teeth will be protected from the damage caused by grinding, helping insure you’ll have them for many years to come.
To receive your own mouthguard and halt the wear and tear on your teeth, call us today at 817-465-0355 to schedule an appointment.